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Computational Fairy Tales [Paperback]

Jeremy Kubica
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26 Jun 2012
Have you ever thought that computer science should include more dragons and wizards? Computational Fairy Tales introduces principles of computational thinking, illustrating high-level computer science concepts, the motivation behind them, and their application in a non-computer—fairy tale—domain. The goal of this book is not to provide comprehensive coverage of each topic, but rather to provide a high level overview of the breadth and excitement of computer science. It’s a quest that will take you from learning the basics of programming in a blacksmith’s forge to fighting curses with recursion. Fifteen seers delivered the same prophecy, without so much as a single minstrel to lighten the mood: an unknown darkness threatens the kingdom. Suddenly, Princess Ann finds herself sent forth alone to save the kingdom. Leaving behind her home, family, and pet turtle Fido, Princess Ann must face goblin attacks, magical curses, arrogant scholars, an unpleasant oracle, and rude Boolean waiters. Along the way she must build a war chest of computational knowledge to survive the coming challenge.

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  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (26 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477550291
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477550298
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable 20 April 2013
By Kiwi ET
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I have used this to support learning in computer science and encouraged students to read it. Some of the ideas are quite advanced but it is a fun way to learn and introduce ideas. One of the students intended to use it with a young nephew and I intend to read the story with my grandchildren.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent introduction without complex maths 2 Mar 2013
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I got this for my youmg daughter who I am teaching Python see "Python for Kids", that includes Turtle Graphics. This book is a fun introduction to more general computational science.
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4.0 out of 5 stars God way of dealing with a complex subject 23 May 2014
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Bought to get an insight into this tricky subject and found that it was presented in a way that made for an enjoyable read. I even understood some of it.
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By Marius
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this has got to be one of the best books I've ever read! The "practical" usage of the concepts in a magical kingdom really shows you how and why it works.
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Complex computer concepts made simple - even my pet wild crow seems to understand it - he flies into my home, perches on my book, and then jumps onto my shoulder and croaks until I open the book and let him read it. He then turns the pages to his favourite bit - 'Bridge upgrades and the game of Hamiltonian paths' before opening the bread bin and flying off with a wholemeal roll - and then recursively popping back in at regular intervals for another read and another bun (or a slice of bacon).

His exam is next week!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting idea 23 Mar 2013
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As a geek I like this book but it hasn't connected with my 9 + 8 year olds - yet!
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