Thursday, October 4, 2018

Gabi's If/Then Garden by Caroline Karanja

 - Gabi And Her Friend Are Scientific Thinkers -

Gabi and her friend Adi make a great team. While working in the garden they talk about if/then things: 

"IF it doesn’t rain THEN we will water the garden." 
"IF a tomato is red THEN we can put it in the basket." 

As the story moves on the kids talk about how the if/then game they've been playing is somewhat like a programmer and a computer.  Karanja even compares what happens when the computer isn't given the right instructions, is a little like the Simon Says game.  She also mentions that sometimes the computer doesn’t respond to the code correctly. This is called a bug and the programmer needs to debug the code. 

The story is a very basic introduction to coding. Exercises help readers understand the concept and a glossary explains computer terms.

My Thoughts

What Concerned Me:  While it is basic, and that's good, I'm wondering if it really explains enough details.

What I Liked Most: The illustrations and simple introductions through the garden examples should begin to introduce the conditional part of programming. This should make a nice book for that curious child, who we all know and love!

Author: Caroline Karanja
Illustrator:  Ben Whitehouse
Published by: Capstone, September 1, 2018
  • Ages: 5 - 8
  • Pages: 24
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