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What exactly is a computer? How does it work? What is it made of? Learn all this and more with Ruby! In Ruby's world anything is possible if you put your mind to it—even fixing her father's broken computer! Join Ruby and her new friend, Mouse, on an imaginative journey through the insides of a computer in search of the missing Cursor. From bits and logic gates to comput What exactly is a computer? How does it work? What is it made of? Learn all this and more with Ruby! In Ruby's world anything is possible if you put your mind to it—even fixing her father's broken computer! Join Ruby and her new friend, Mouse, on an imaginative journey through the insides of a computer in search of the missing Cursor. From bits and logic gates to computer hardware, in Journey Inside the Computer, Ruby (and her readers!) will learn the basic elements of the machines that power our world. Then future kid coders can put their knowledge and imaginations to work with fun activities. Praise for Linda Liukas and the Hello Ruby series: "[Linda Liukas] wants kids to understand and embrace basic computer logic, so that they later formulate code in the same effortless and creative way they build structures with LEGO." —The Wall Street Journal"Hello Ruby by Linda Liukas is half picture book and half activity book rolled into one adorable package. What I love about it is that it introduces programming without requiring a computer at all." —GeekMom.com


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What exactly is a computer? How does it work? What is it made of? Learn all this and more with Ruby! In Ruby's world anything is possible if you put your mind to it—even fixing her father's broken computer! Join Ruby and her new friend, Mouse, on an imaginative journey through the insides of a computer in search of the missing Cursor. From bits and logic gates to comput What exactly is a computer? How does it work? What is it made of? Learn all this and more with Ruby! In Ruby's world anything is possible if you put your mind to it—even fixing her father's broken computer! Join Ruby and her new friend, Mouse, on an imaginative journey through the insides of a computer in search of the missing Cursor. From bits and logic gates to computer hardware, in Journey Inside the Computer, Ruby (and her readers!) will learn the basic elements of the machines that power our world. Then future kid coders can put their knowledge and imaginations to work with fun activities. Praise for Linda Liukas and the Hello Ruby series: "[Linda Liukas] wants kids to understand and embrace basic computer logic, so that they later formulate code in the same effortless and creative way they build structures with LEGO." —The Wall Street Journal"Hello Ruby by Linda Liukas is half picture book and half activity book rolled into one adorable package. What I love about it is that it introduces programming without requiring a computer at all." —GeekMom.com

30 review for Hello Ruby: Journey Inside the Computer

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sisuhukka

    4/5 tähteä siitä näkökulmasta, että lapselle kirjan taso on varmaankin hyvä, se kannustaa yhteiseen lukemiseen ja pohdiskeluun aikuisen kanssa, eikä yksityiskohtiin takerruta liikaa. Olisin ehkä toivonut konkreettisempaa vaiheittaista esimerkkiä siitä, miten Rubyn näytölle päätyy ohjelma. Tietokoneita paremmin tuntevat aikuiset voivat täydentää kirjan opettamaa asiaa keskustelemalla ja vaikka keksimällä uusia tehtäviä lapselle. Vähemmän tietotekniikkaorientoituneille lapsen mahdollisesti esittäm 4/5 tähteä siitä näkökulmasta, että lapselle kirjan taso on varmaankin hyvä, se kannustaa yhteiseen lukemiseen ja pohdiskeluun aikuisen kanssa, eikä yksityiskohtiin takerruta liikaa. Olisin ehkä toivonut konkreettisempaa vaiheittaista esimerkkiä siitä, miten Rubyn näytölle päätyy ohjelma. Tietokoneita paremmin tuntevat aikuiset voivat täydentää kirjan opettamaa asiaa keskustelemalla ja vaikka keksimällä uusia tehtäviä lapselle. Vähemmän tietotekniikkaorientoituneille lapsen mahdollisesti esittämät lisäkysymykset voivat olla haaste.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Pink STREAM

    This book is wonderful for our future computer scientists, engineers, and coders. It teaches computer parts in a fun way. A girl whose imagination is huge and called Ruby travels through a computer to help her friend mouse find Cursor. On their way, they meet with hardworking and busy computer parts. On the first page of the book, the author introduces the characters inside the book so you start to the book with some information. The illustrations are basic but pretty cute. The colors make you This book is wonderful for our future computer scientists, engineers, and coders. It teaches computer parts in a fun way. A girl whose imagination is huge and called Ruby travels through a computer to help her friend mouse find Cursor. On their way, they meet with hardworking and busy computer parts. On the first page of the book, the author introduces the characters inside the book so you start to the book with some information. The illustrations are basic but pretty cute. The colors make you read the book several more times. And the computer parts are very cute because the illustrator drew faces to them. Great job! After the story, there are lots of activities for children. They are very fun and educational. Junior computer scientists will be ready to do crazy computer stuff with these activities. Go future computer scientists.

  3. 5 out of 5

    I _teach_muggles

    Linda Liukas is a big name in the world of computer-science and computer programming. Her CV includes a period of employment at Codeacademy in New York, the founder of Rails Girls - an organisation that teaches programming to young girls around the world, has worked on edutech, delivered a TED Talk and has been appointed the Digital Champion of Finland. She certainly knows her stuff and with Hello Ruby: Journey Inside the Computer she shares some of her knowledge. Ruby is bored. There’s nothing t Linda Liukas is a big name in the world of computer-science and computer programming. Her CV includes a period of employment at Codeacademy in New York, the founder of Rails Girls - an organisation that teaches programming to young girls around the world, has worked on edutech, delivered a TED Talk and has been appointed the Digital Champion of Finland. She certainly knows her stuff and with Hello Ruby: Journey Inside the Computer she shares some of her knowledge. Ruby is bored. There’s nothing to do, no one to play with and dad’s computer won’t work. According to Mouse, Cursor has gone missing. Determined to troubleshoot the problem, Ruby and Mouse tumble into the computer and with the guidance of some helpful components are determined to get to the heart of the problem. Join Ruby on a knowledge-filled mission to fix the computer and learn about its inner workings… In a world powered by computers, Hello Ruby delivers some essential knowledge for curious children who want to know what a computer actually is, how they work and what they are made from. It promises a ‘Journey Inside the Computer’ and this is exactly what it is as children take a fun, exciting and educational trip into hardware, software and the role of the various components. Spilt into two parts - non-fiction narrative and activity book, it is a clever and simple way to introduce children to the complex workings of computers and technology. Much like Alice tumbled down the rabbit hole, Ruby finds herself tumbling inside the computer and into a world of bits, logic gates, CPU, GPU, RAM and mass storage who introduce themselves and their responsibilities. Following the cute story is a brilliant activity book that continues to develop children’s understanding through fun activities, question prompts and a build a computer activity (I should point out that this is a computer made out of paper although it does have all the relevant components). I really like how everything is presented. Colourful and playful illustrations are accompanied by easy to read and accessible text and it all feels very child-friendly and really inviting. The visuals will appeal to younger readers whilst the content is better suited to older readers who will relate more easily to many of the technical terms. Younger children would really benefit from sharing this book with an adult or older sibling. You can visit Ruby, learn more about her world and print off resources at www.helloruby.com Recommended for 6+.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Charmaine

    Title (italicize): Hello Ruby: Journey Inside the computer Author: Linda Liukas Genre: Children’s literature, nonfiction Theme(s): Technology, Imagination, Adventure Opening line/sentence (type directly from text): “Ruby is a small girl with a huge imagination.” Brief Book Summary (2-3 sentences in your own words): A young girl named Ruby and her friend mouse goes on an adventure inside her father’s computer to look for a cursor. Each chapter of this book focuses on different content on technol Title (italicize): Hello Ruby: Journey Inside the computer Author: Linda Liukas Genre: Children’s literature, nonfiction Theme(s): Technology, Imagination, Adventure Opening line/sentence (type directly from text): “Ruby is a small girl with a huge imagination.” Brief Book Summary (2-3 sentences in your own words): A young girl named Ruby and her friend mouse goes on an adventure inside her father’s computer to look for a cursor. Each chapter of this book focuses on different content on technology, and how it works. Response to Two Professional Reviews (3-4 sentences in your own words): Both Denise and Jillian gave this book either 3 -4 stars. Julian finds this book interesting but state how she is not sure the students will not gather important information about a computer which I also agree. I feel as though this book may not be age appropriate for preschoolers because the terminologies use may be challenging. Denise just gives a summary about what the book is about and likes how it the format if the book will keep the story interesting. I agree with the illustration and following the adventure that Ruby and mouse went out, will make it easy for the students to be engage. Tell Me Framework (4 sentences in your own words): Like(s): Illustration and the activities Dislike(s): Young children's won’t grasp the main takeaway from this story because some of the terminologies used may be challenging for them such as software, electricity, coding etc. Patterns(s): Throughout the whole book it was about technology Puzzle(s): Why the author decided to make the book lengthy because it can make it hard for young children such as preschoolers to pay attention to the reading. Consideration of Instructional Application(how will you use this book in a preschool setting): example: read aloud (3-4 sentences in your own words): I would use this book in a preschool setting by after reading the book I will have the students tell me what they took away from the reading. I will expand my students' thinking skills by encouraging them to think deeper in terms of why Ruby and mouse went inside the computer in the first place. Then I will make a poster of some technology terms that were used in the reading that the students were a bit confused about, or that I feel like is important to know. I will later post the poster in the classroom where it can be visible to the preschoolers to refer back to.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*

    Liukas, Linda Hello Ruby: Journey inside the Computer, 96 pages. NON-FICTION. Feiwel (MacMillan), 2017. $17. This book starts with the story of Ruby, who goes to use her dads computer and discovers that something is wrong with it. She is able to shrink down and journey with the mouse to see what’s going on. She tours the workings of the computer and makes discoveries about how it works. The next part of the book is a series of games and activities, mostly about computer parts and how computers f Liukas, Linda Hello Ruby: Journey inside the Computer, 96 pages. NON-FICTION. Feiwel (MacMillan), 2017. $17. This book starts with the story of Ruby, who goes to use her dads computer and discovers that something is wrong with it. She is able to shrink down and journey with the mouse to see what’s going on. She tours the workings of the computer and makes discoveries about how it works. The next part of the book is a series of games and activities, mostly about computer parts and how computers function but there are also a few basic coding activities. Bright illustrations throughout. I get the point of the this book –to make learning about computers more like a story (showing) but it just ends up being more confusing than spelling it out (telling). But it was just overload. This book is stuffed with SO much technical information, which is better understood by an upper elementary but presented for much younger readers –giving it a content-audience mismatch. I wouldn’t add this book to my library. EL –OPTIONAL. Stephanie, Elementary School Librarian & Author https://kissthebook.blogspot.com/2018...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    When her father is unable to keep his promise to spend computer time with Ruby, she decides to give it a go on her own. She logs on, using a password, but the mouse and cursor aren't communicating, and Ruby decides to troubleshoot to see what's going on. As she explores possible problems, readers learn some computer basics, which will be helpful in the 25 exercises at the back of the book exploring passwords, RAM, bits, thinking like a computer, and even creating your own OS and power plug. This When her father is unable to keep his promise to spend computer time with Ruby, she decides to give it a go on her own. She logs on, using a password, but the mouse and cursor aren't communicating, and Ruby decides to troubleshoot to see what's going on. As she explores possible problems, readers learn some computer basics, which will be helpful in the 25 exercises at the back of the book exploring passwords, RAM, bits, thinking like a computer, and even creating your own OS and power plug. This engaging and interactive book demystifies how computers work, and many youngsters will enjoy the questions and activities and appreciate Ruby's persistence and lack of fear when it comes to trying new things. This title is a good introduction to computers but may become dated quickly as more innovations are rolled out.

  7. 5 out of 5

    winda

    Just fell in love with Ruby and her adventure. Both ilustration and story amazed me. Imaginative way to learn about computer without touch any computer. In addition, its not only the stories about computer but included an extra activities part for children with parental guide so will help better understanding about computer. Looking forward to read another series of Hello Ruby. Yes, I totally would give my recomendation to all parents who want their children at grade elementy school have better u Just fell in love with Ruby and her adventure. Both ilustration and story amazed me. Imaginative way to learn about computer without touch any computer. In addition, its not only the stories about computer but included an extra activities part for children with parental guide so will help better understanding about computer. Looking forward to read another series of Hello Ruby. Yes, I totally would give my recomendation to all parents who want their children at grade elementy school have better understanding about information technology.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nicola

    A very approachable way to teaching young girls about the differences between hardware and software. Miss 5 really liked building her own paper based laptop and thinking through things like what OS to load on it. Overall, we enjoyed more of the bonus activities in Hello Ruby : Coding but she was still very excited by this one. Miss 5 and I like to explore different books and authors at the library, sometimes around particular topics or themes. We try to get different ones out every week or so; it A very approachable way to teaching young girls about the differences between hardware and software. Miss 5 really liked building her own paper based laptop and thinking through things like what OS to load on it. Overall, we enjoyed more of the bonus activities in Hello Ruby : Coding but she was still very excited by this one. Miss 5 and I like to explore different books and authors at the library, sometimes around particular topics or themes. We try to get different ones out every week or so; it's fun for both of us to have the variety and to look at a mix of new & favourite authors.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Maura

    With the caveat that my son is only 4 1/2...this book was pretty disappointing. We often read "above grade level" nonfiction picture books because he is curious about how everything works, and I thought this would be a fun hook to learning about how a computer works, but he was really bored with it from the beginning. I tried twice and it just flopped. Love the concept and I wish it had worked! Maybe I'll try again in a couple of years... With the caveat that my son is only 4 1/2...this book was pretty disappointing. We often read "above grade level" nonfiction picture books because he is curious about how everything works, and I thought this would be a fun hook to learning about how a computer works, but he was really bored with it from the beginning. I tried twice and it just flopped. Love the concept and I wish it had worked! Maybe I'll try again in a couple of years...

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

    Чудово зроблена, дуже приємна книжка. В мене є дещо сумніви до змісту, не все дітям зрозуміло, навіть з такою чудовою подачею. Не впевнена, що моя дитина з першого разу і назавжди зрозуміла будову комп‘ютеру, але вона ознайомилась з деякими важливими базовими речами: біти/байти, логічні оператори, операйіні системи та застосунки. Ще приємне завдання зробити свій комп‘ютер, та вигадати пристрій майбутнього.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jillian

    An interesting story, but I'm not a hundred percent sure that kids are going to get out of it what they're supposed to. (They might just see the story, and not really gather the information about coding and parts of a computer.) The activities in the back look fun. An interesting story, but I'm not a hundred percent sure that kids are going to get out of it what they're supposed to. (They might just see the story, and not really gather the information about coding and parts of a computer.) The activities in the back look fun.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    Linda Liukas “believes that code is the twenty-first-century literacy, and the need for people to speak the ABCs of programming is imminent.”

  13. 5 out of 5

    Anna - Kids

    Didn't get to do the exercises because it was a library book but the story is cute and the activities look interesting for the kids when they are 8-9 yrs. Didn't get to do the exercises because it was a library book but the story is cute and the activities look interesting for the kids when they are 8-9 yrs.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth S

    Cute story, and great exercises at the end for kids!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I read this to my Grade 1 classes and they loved hearing about Ruby and the search to find Cursor. Helped us to develop the vocabulary to discuss computers.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Denice Hein

    Ruby and Mouse take us through her dad's computer looking for Cursor. It's a great way to introduce computer terms into a story format but keeping it informative. Super cute!! 1-4 graders will enjoy. Ruby and Mouse take us through her dad's computer looking for Cursor. It's a great way to introduce computer terms into a story format but keeping it informative. Super cute!! 1-4 graders will enjoy.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sharlene Evans

    I did rate this five stars but do wonder if readers with zero computer knowledge would walk away still baffled ... love the activities included!!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jenni Joru

    Rubyn isän tietokone ei toimi: osoitin on kadoksissa. Ruby ja hiiri seikkailevat tietokoneen sisällä ja tutustuvat rautaan ja softaan. Matkalla tavataan RAM ja ROM -muistit, bitit ja logiikkaportit ja prosessori, jolla on aina kuuma ja kiire. Tasoiselleni "käytän, en tajua, olen vain töissä täällä, painetaan kaikkia nappuloita ja katsotaan" -nörtille kirja oli valaiseva, kun tietokoneen perusosat ja toiminnot esiteltiin lyhyesti. Toisaalta selitystä olisi voinut olla enemmänkin: ehkä kirjassa ol Rubyn isän tietokone ei toimi: osoitin on kadoksissa. Ruby ja hiiri seikkailevat tietokoneen sisällä ja tutustuvat rautaan ja softaan. Matkalla tavataan RAM ja ROM -muistit, bitit ja logiikkaportit ja prosessori, jolla on aina kuuma ja kiire. Tasoiselleni "käytän, en tajua, olen vain töissä täällä, painetaan kaikkia nappuloita ja katsotaan" -nörtille kirja oli valaiseva, kun tietokoneen perusosat ja toiminnot esiteltiin lyhyesti. Toisaalta selitystä olisi voinut olla enemmänkin: ehkä kirjassa olisi voinut olla kaksi tasoa: sadunomaisempi perustaso ja sitten vielä selittävämpi aikuistaso "for dummies". Kuvat ovat enimmäkseen iloiset ja onnistuneet, vaikka kaikkia kuvakemaisia hahmoja en tunnistanut muutenkin graafisesta taustasta. Kirjan lopussa on myös kirjan kirjastokäyttöä haittaava laaja askarteluosio, joka saa Fiskarsit syyhyämään ja värikynät kutisemaan. Kaikkea ei voi saada: Liukas on halunnut kertoa kivan sadun, jossa käydään läpi tietokoneen osia ja toimintoja ja onnistunut melkein, ja joka tapauksessa paremmin, kuin edeltäjänsä. Ehkä tämä ennen kaikkea on pienen kehystarinan avulla kerrottu tieto- ja tehtäväkirja, joka ainakin herättää kiinnostusta tietotekniikkaan ja hälventää joitakin harha- ja ennakkoluuloja.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Laura Walin

    Rubyn lumo on toisessa osassa jo vähän haihtunut, mutta kirjana tämä on jopa selkeämpi kuin ensimmäinen, koodausta käsittelevä kirja. In retrospect, tekisin tästä osan yksi, koska ainakin itselleni olisi helpompi lähestyä ensin laitetta ja vasta sen jälkeen alkaa pohtia, mitä kone tekee ja miten. Tietokoneen eri osat ovat selkeästi henkilöitä tarinassa ja tehtävissä, joskin aikuisen näkökulmasta selitykset jäävät harmittavalla tavalla vähän vajaaksi. Esimerkiksi bittien ja päätösporttien suhde j Rubyn lumo on toisessa osassa jo vähän haihtunut, mutta kirjana tämä on jopa selkeämpi kuin ensimmäinen, koodausta käsittelevä kirja. In retrospect, tekisin tästä osan yksi, koska ainakin itselleni olisi helpompi lähestyä ensin laitetta ja vasta sen jälkeen alkaa pohtia, mitä kone tekee ja miten. Tietokoneen eri osat ovat selkeästi henkilöitä tarinassa ja tehtävissä, joskin aikuisen näkökulmasta selitykset jäävät harmittavalla tavalla vähän vajaaksi. Esimerkiksi bittien ja päätösporttien suhde jää vaivaamaan.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

  22. 5 out of 5

    Anna

  23. 4 out of 5

    Emily

  24. 4 out of 5

    MM Sullivan

  25. 4 out of 5

    Evie

  26. 4 out of 5

    Suvi

  27. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

  28. 4 out of 5

    Éva Kelemen

  29. 4 out of 5

    Laura Vervecken

  30. 4 out of 5

    Eleanorsusannat

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