Monday, April 9, 2018

"Gabi's If/Then Garden" - a bookwrap


"Gabi's If/Then Garden" (Code Play) 

by Caroline Karanja (Author)
 Ben Whitehouse (Illustrator)

Unwrapping some details

Ages: 5-8
Grade Level: 1-3
Series: Code Play
Publisher:  Capstone
Publish date:  September 1, 2018

Unwrapping some great illustrations for you to enjoy

About the book

Gabi and her best friend Adi are two very clever girls.  They are scientific thinkers who perform as a team.  They work in the garden and while working they talk about "if/then" things.  What in the world is that you may ask?  Well let me enlighten you.

The two best friends programme the world around them in kid-friendly computer language, in basic code:  "IF it doesn't rain THEN we will water the garden.  Or IF a tomato is red THEN we pick it and place it in the basket.  It is very much like the Simon Says game.  It illustrates that Simon is the programmer and his followers are the computer.  It even sheds light into debugging which can and does happen when the computer doesn't respond to the code correctly.  

The story is a wonderful introduction to basic coding concepts.  "Thinking like a programmer and thinking like a kid are a lot alike."  

The illustrations enrich the text and the main characters are adorable.  The book is about friendship, teamwork and is educational. Well done and recommended by Storywraps.  It would be a great book to include in a classroom or elementary school library setting. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!

 Introducing the author

Caroline Karanja is a developer and designer who is on a mission to increase accessibility and sustainability through technology. She enjoys figuring out how things work and sharing this knowledge with others.

About the illustrator

I am an illustrator based in Bourne, UK. 

I have previously worked in the animation industry as a character designer, animator and stop motion puppet maker before finding my feet within the world of illustration. 

I predominantly work digitally using a Cintiq and Photoshop.

My first taste with animation was in 2004 and ever since then I have been well and truly hooked.
I graduated from Birmingham City University in 2010 with a First Class Honours Degree in Animation.
In November 2010 I won The Royal Television Society - West Midlands best student Animation award.
I am very passionate about my work and constantly strive to learn.

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