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Children's LiteratureIn First Grade the child is beginning to read. Let us give them more interesting information about computers than a date for the "first" calculator, 1642. Mentioning Pacal's name or Da Vinci original plans could have replaced other text that is obvious to even the least techno-savvy eight-year-old. The reproduction of the punch-card loom was helpful, but further explanation about how holes create patterns would be necessary for this audience to understand the relationship. The Hollerith photograph and cover of the book could lead to further discussions in the hands of a knowledgeable adult. Comparing the early computer's size to a two car garage showed age-appropriateness. Certain vocabulary, e.g. chips and bits, was included but not others like CPU, transistor or motherboards. 2005, Compass Point Books, Ages 8 up.