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This book came out in 1958 but I still fondly remember my introduction to computers through it s pages when I was in first grade back in 1963 and I dreamed of actually owning my own computer It wasn t to happen for 17years before I was the proud owner of an Atari 400 But I think the day that I brought that home I was still thinking about the fun Danny, Joe and Irene had with Miniac. Before personal computers , computer graphics, and the net, I read this book, and had this book read to me by my 6th Grade teacher Mr Schott And one of the things I recall was that Danny had to do just about as much work to get the homework machine to do his homework, that he might as well have done his homework.That gave me a nice edge later in junior high school, high school, college, graduate school, and the real world Later, I would hear about hobbyists, and even 8th graders using comp Before personal computers , computer graphics, and the net, I read this book, and had this book read to me by my 6th Grade teacher Mr Schott And one of the things I recall was that Danny had to do just about as much work to get the homework machine to do his homework, that he might as well have done his homework.That gave me a nice edge later in junior high school, high school, college, graduate school, and the real world Later, I would hear about hobbyists, and even 8th graders using computers at work places in the evenings.Who would have thunk Well a guy named Vandy Bush did about 20 years before in an article titled As We May Think which was the first test case web search I ever did as well as a college assignment This was quite a book ahead of its time We had other Danny Dunn books, too, but none as significant as this one.I wonder if it affected my other classmates as well Ah, the Homework Machine A machine that works out arithmetic problems and grammar questions perfectly, and even does social studies homework Who wouldn t want one Danny and Joe meet Irene and the three of them immediately are up to scientific mischief, using Professor Bullfinch s new computer to do their homework for them.Remember that this book was written in 1959 when computers were real computers, taking up an entire large room, with tape drives, blinking lights and lots of buttons The id Ah, the Homework Machine A machine that works out arithmetic problems and grammar questions perfectly, and even does social studies homework Who wouldn t want one Danny and Joe meet Irene and the three of them immediately are up to scientific mischief, using Professor Bullfinch s new computer to do their homework for them.Remember that this book was written in 1959 when computers were real computers, taking up an entire large room, with tape drives, blinking lights and lots of buttons The idea of a computer so small according to the book s illustration, about the size of a refrigerator was science fiction at the time I m not sure how a kid today is going to react to the marvel of the computer in Danny Dunn s basement when they have one on their desk But the book holds up remarkably well There is a nice reversal of the traditional sex roles of the time with Danny s best friend Joe writing poetry while his other best friend Irene is interested in science The point made by author Jay Williams that computer don t think but merely process information we feed into them is just as true for today s PCs as it was for the IBM giants of yesteryear It is a bit corny, but the message it relays about experiential and constructive learning is consistent with educational theory of the 90 s Knowledge is often best attained when the student at whatever age helps to construct it themselves rather than having it handed to them to memorize But then kids don t have to know this to enjoy the book.Book Details Title Danny Dunn and the Homework MachineAuthor Jay Williams and Raymond AbrashkinReviewed By Purplycookie This is a golden oldie SBS book It was published in 1958 So fascinating to see how people related to the very first computers, which took up a whole room The in home kind was probably a fantasy at that time ( Kindle ) ☺ Danny Dunn and the Homework Machine ☣ No homework Professor Bullfinch goes off to attend a scientific conference and leaves Danny in charge of his new miniature automatic computer called Miniac Danny calls it a midget giant brain and suddenly comes up with an idea Could he program Minny to help him do his homework faster Soon, Irene and Joe are in on the secret and the three friends are busy feeding information from their school books into Minny, the mechanical brain All goes well until their old enemy, Snitcher, starts spying on them and decides to try his hand at sabotage I think this was an old book of my half sister s or my mom s that I found as a kid, originally published in the late 50s I liked the invention science factor back then, and mightily wished for my own homework machine As an adult, I was pleasantly surprised to find a feminist element with the main girl character also into science , and amused by the advanced computer that only took up half a room and the dialogue of Gee, that s swell and such. I loved Danny Dunn books when I was young I just read this one to my three youngest and it was a hit They kept begging for onechapter every time I read I m not sure how much of the science they got, but they sure loved it when Irene pushed Snitcher in the mud puddle I remember really liking these stories when I was young Now, the fact that they were written in the 50 s is pretty evident Still, an easy, fast, and pretty fun to read story. Boy is this one out of date A table with a computer filling the entire tabletop, called Minimac Minny for short and Mini because it is so tiny Which it actually is compared with The Mark One mentioned in the book which filled an entire room Kids may consider that science fiction in the opposite way because why would anyone bother with a table sized computer when they could just pull out their smart phone But when you realize it was written in 1958, you can see it actually is pretty advance Boy is this one out of date A table with a computer filling the entire tabletop, called Minimac Minny for short and Mini because it is so tiny Which it actually is compared with The Mark One mentioned in the book which filled an entire room Kids may consider that science fiction in the opposite way because why would anyone bother with a table sized computer when they could just pull out their smart phone But when you realize it was written in 1958, you can see it actually is pretty advanced work, particularly for a kids book It deals with programming computers and actually does a somewhat decent job explaining the purpose of programming and how it is set up Now you can see why I gave an out of date book 4 stars Very few current fiction books for the upper elementary grades discusses programming and I cannot think of another older book that discusses it There is no way to learn programming from the vague comments in this book which is just as well since that would really date this book Think about how soon any book on programming language is out of date The scientific method is referred to and so is the deductive method of reasoning Added to which there is a nice little moral lesson about the reason for homework which is something many kids wonder about You can read the book to find out this reason if you don t already know it Now the series is beginning to reach its potential and I need to get the next book out of the library I first read this book as a third grader in 1959 I received it as one of that year s Weekly Reader Book Club offerings I liked it enough to keep it for so many years and have enjoyed it once again with much older eyes.In 1959, the story of Danny and his friends using a computer to do their homework was fanciful The notion that Danny could cheat and get a machine to do his work for him and his learning how wrong he was added an element of fun I m surprised to be re introduced to the notio I first read this book as a third grader in 1959 I received it as one of that year s Weekly Reader Book Club offerings I liked it enough to keep it for so many years and have enjoyed it once again with much older eyes.In 1959, the story of Danny and his friends using a computer to do their homework was fanciful The notion that Danny could cheat and get a machine to do his work for him and his learning how wrong he was added an element of fun I m surprised to be re introduced to the notion of a voice input, semi mobile, home computer as a 1959 fantasy story for kids The story was surely drafted first on a tablet with pen or pencil.As my own grand daughter enters third grade, her books and information sources are generated and published with electronic tools She reads and watches much of her entertainment in digital form She and her friends create their own stories and videos using iPads, various apps As I finish this re read of Danny Dunn s homework adventures, I smile at the fond memories it conjures up for me and I wonder what form reading and learning will have taken by the time my granddaughters own potential grand kids are in their third year of formal learning and teaching.What a pleasant re read I wonder how my granddaughter will respond if I can convince to give it a whirl