Title: The Girl with a Mind for Math: The Story of Raye Montague
Author: Julia Finley Mosca
Illustrator: Daniel Rieley
Published: September 4, 2018
Theme: Perseverance, Sexism, and Racism
Character Origin: Human
Book Type: Picture Book | Pages: 40
Ages: 5-10 | Book Level: — | Lexile Measure: GN460L
Synopsis: After touring a German submarine in the early 1940s, young Raye set her sights on becoming an engineer. Little did she know sexism and racial inequality would challenge that dream every step of the way, even keeping her greatest career accomplishment a secret for decades. Through it all, the gifted mathematician persisted―finally gaining her well-deserved title in history: a pioneer who changed the course of ship design forever.
The Girl With a Mind for Math: The Story of Raye Montague is the third book in a riveting educational series about the inspiring lives of amazing scientists. In addition to the illustrated rhyming tale, you’ll find a complete biography, fun facts, a colorful timeline of events, and even a note from Montague herself!
I am a huge fan of learning about the impact of women in history and this gem of a book did not disappoint. It was both informative and inspiring. I loved the flow and content of the text. This book deals with issues ranging from sexism to racism. In spite of the many obstacles that Raye faced, she continued to strategically outmaneuver her white male counterparts.
Rieley’s illustrations were beautifully executed and complemented the text quite well. The detailed timeline and biography proficiently corroborate the narration. There is just so much to absolutely LOVE about this book. Raye Montague’s contributions to the Navy calls attention to her profound and impactful work. Thank you, Julie Mosca, for shining a light on an outstanding black woman who excelled where others thought she’d fail and is no longer a hidden figure.