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This is a STEM book and more! An inspiring, inclusive, whimsical way to learn about computers and technology from real-life trailblazers.

Ara is a young girl who loves BIG numbers. She wants to count all the stars in the sky… but how? This is an upbeat adventure of Ara and her sidekick droid, DeeDee (“Beep!”). They use smarts and grit to solve a BIG problem and discover an
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Kindle Edition, 33 pages
Published October 14th 2018 by Page Two Books
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Al
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A brave and budding young engineer ventures out to find with her droid, DeeDee, to find the answer for how to count all the stars in the universe. They head to Innovation Plex where Ara finds all the answers to set her on the path to victory.

While this wasn't the most entertaining and adrenaline-pumping read, it was most certainly an informative and fascinating adventure that those interested in engineering will devour with joy. I think the message may get lost with some kids as they try to wade
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Figgy
This is an interesting concept, and it's great to see some more STEM based books with girls at the front, aimed at a range of ages.

Unfortunately, at times this one gets a little bogged down in the wording.

It'd be difficult to do this with fewer words, but as such it'd likely be better for 8+, rather than the standard picture book ranges.
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Jillian Heise
An inclusive book about girls in STEM. Inspired by Google (where the author works), this story walks through the steps needed to solve a problem: courage, creativity, code, and collaboration - with explanations about making a plan, designing an algorithm, writing the code, and troubleshooting when it doesn't work the first time. Back matter highlights the real, diverse women working at Google who inspired the women in the book who mentor and help Ara in her task. Don't miss Ara's notebook at the ...more
Christine
This is very good. It's great that the women in the book are based on real women and I love the use of problem solving. ...more
Barbara Ann
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this picture book which featured a determined young girl named Ara. She is aptly named for a constellation that contains seven stars. Ara is obsessed with big numbers. She introduces her readers to a number with 100 zeros, a googol. Together with her computer robot, DeeDee, Ara sets out to find out how many stars exist. They visit Innovation Plex, where Ara seeks experts to help her in her quest.

She meets Kripa, a problem solver, in the Data Center who tells her to have courage. Big Prob
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DW
A sweet little book. This is a a fun take on software development cycles in very approachable terms like 'solving a problem' and 'thinking creatively' along with introductions to programmatic thinking. More importantly, a book full of female engineer protagonists all solving problems together.

It is also a commercial for Google in the background, but I think only adults will notice or care. The woman focused view of software engineering seems more important.
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Courtney
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Excellent

Books like this are so informational for children and hold such a wealth of knowledge. I really enjoy reading books, like this one and many others to my children, for if you start them young then they will grow to have a love for reading and adventure!
Holly Lenz
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fun, educational picture book about engineering and robotics

Ara the Star Engineer is a cute book about engineering, robotics, coding, and more. The story is fun for kids with its creative illustrations and educational as well.
Tony Parsons
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ara introduced her sidekick droid DeeDee “Beep.
They both love big numbers.
Ara is the name of a constellation that has 7 stars.
Can you estimate how many constellations there are in the sky?
How about the stars?
Ara & DeeDee were off to visit Innovation Plex.

Data Centre. There they meet Kripa (Prolific Problem solver).
Computers are everywhere.
Ideas Lab. Next, they meet Parisa (Intrepid Innovator).
How about designing an algorithm?
Coding Pods. Diane (Code Commander) introduces herself to Ara & DeeDee
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Jen
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you've ever wanted to count the number of stars in the sky, you might need the help of some scientific principles and processes, which are explored in Kamal Singh's Ara the Star Engineer.

To read this, and other book reviews, visit my website: http://makinggoodstories.wordpress.com/.

Ara wants to count the number of stars in the sky, but is overwhelmed with the prospect of trying to count the immense number. With plenty of determination and the assistance of her droid friend DeeDee and some ins
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Emily
Ara has a problem she needs to solve. She visits with four scientists who teach her skills and help her learn how to find her answer. This book is like a non-fiction book in disguise, because it teaches the reader about different STEM processes and vocabulary along the way.

Admittedly, I only skimmed this one, as it is quite wordy with a lot of technical jargon, and I was at work. But the illustrations and the concept are so great, and I love that all of the scientists Ara talks to are women of v
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Traci
Pop Sugar Challenge 2020: book by or about a woman in STEM

So this was free and I wasn’t too excited about it the prompt (sorry, just not usually my area of interest) but this was a cute book! I love that all the women Ara talks to to help with her problem are women of color (and just women at that!) and they’re based on real women that work at Google. Like others, I agree that there is some big vocabulary but when talking about engineering that’s going to happen - and it’s not necessarily a bad
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DarthLolita
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's beautifully illustrated and breaks down a lot of potentially complex words with simple concepts, plus it earns extra points that the women featured in the book are real-life engineers, directors, and VPs. Despite being a picture book, I'd say this is aimed at slightly older kids who already show an interest in computers; some might not find it all that engaging, but the illustrations alone are worth checking out. ...more
Amanda
For science!

I loved how this made STEM so approachable and showed women in key roles. The illustrations were bright, colorful, and engaging. This Google-like work setting made me want to visit and play and want to come up with a problem to try and solve. The women working there were mentoring and I want to give a shout-out to the real life women that these characters are based on (more about them can be found at the end of the book). Cute story told in a clear fashion.
Shanique Edwards
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yr-2018, own-voices
Ahhhh! This was so great! A picture book for a slightly older reader (maybe 6-8? it's quite wordy) but great for kids of all ages, especially girls. Ara poses a scientific question, and then learns how to answer it with the help of four female scientists, who teach her four key skills. I loved that each of the women she meets is a real person who works in tech! ...more
Stacy Nelson
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
New Heroines For Smart Girls

Love the opening of doorways for smart girls and I love the diversity represented. My granddaughter’s favorite part wasn’t actually the story, but seeing that the characters are real life women. Highly recommended bedtime reading.
Cyndy
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
"...courage, creativity, code and collaboration!" A cute story about Ara and her "assistant" DeeDee. Ara wants to count all of the stars. She has DeeDee and some friends at the InnovationPlex to help! There are lots of extras in this book. ...more
Eileen Patterson
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great Book For Kids Interested in STEM

This is a great book about a smart kid named Ara who wants to program her personal computer to count the number of stars in the galaxy, so she gets help from some scientists and engineers.
Erin
A great book for kids interested in science. It is definitely female centered, but boys would like it too. It's full of science terms, but they are explained well. The story is pretty matter-of-fact, and there's not really an arc to it, but it could be a valuable book for teaching what coding is. ...more
Melissa
Apr 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Interesting and informative

This is a great book for everyone, all ages! As an adult, even I found myself learning a lot of new information that I didn’t previously have. I love all of the notes from Ara’s notebook in the back of the book as well.
Nicole Garnet
May 26, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book will encourage children to develop an interest in engineering(if not interested already)
The language is easy for a child to understand. I love the fact the characters are all women. A must-read for sure with your kids
Kimberly Wright Oelkers
Brilliant!!
Yoo
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
A cute book with an awesome illustrations of Ara's mini adventure! I hope I found this book sooner (when I was a kid). The symbolization, the exposure to the STEM world is interesting and cute! ...more
Jay
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cool quick read, a fun picture book with an uplifting story. I found it free on Google Play which is a cool bonus :)
Darlene Brown
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Interesting book.

This book gives you information in a fun sort of way. You are learning something without realizing you are learning.
Betsey Stahler
Fun book about how a young girl learns to program her robot to count all the stars in the sky.
Leigha
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
This was very cute. I especially love the artwork by Ipek Konak.
Claudio Jarufe
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant and engaging!

A great conversation starter!
I would recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about programming and the skills needed to do it.
Megan Norred
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved.it

I read this to my nephew and he enjoyed it. It was informative and fun at the same time. Awesome
DoodlesandBooks
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every nice Book. A nice way to develop instrest in kids. And also a easy and simple way to explain things. Hope this book will be now helpful for Indian kids too. With the upcoming NEP.
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