Book Review: Python Programming For Beginners

reviewcover-python programming for beginnersTitle: Python Programming For Beginners

Author: Patricia Foster

Genre: Non-Fiction, Programming

Rating: 4 Stars

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Description/Synopsis:

Kids can learn to code with the power of Python! Python Programming for Beginners is the perfect way to introduce aspiring coders to this simple and powerful coding language. This book teaches kids all about Python and programming fundamentals―and is packed full of fun and creative activities that make learning a blast!

In Python Programming for Beginners, kids will start off with the basics, learning all about fundamental coding concepts and how they can put these concepts together in Python to build their own games and programs. Each chapter focuses on a different coding concept―like variables, data types, and loops―and features three awesome coding activities to try. These activities get more difficult as they go, so young coders can see just how much their skills are growing. By the end of Python Programming for Beginners, they’ll create their own fully functional sci-fi game and crack the code to a secret message!

Python Programming for Beginners features:

  • No coding experience needed!―Designed just for kids, this Python programming book is filled with step-by-step directions, simple explanations, and detailed code breakdowns.

  • Build a coding toolbox―Kids will build their programming skills, learn how to troubleshoot bugs with a handy bug-hunting guide, and practice their Python programming knowledge with cool activities.

  • Why Python programming?―Python is an awesome starting language for kids! It’s a powerful programming language that can be used for lots of projects but features simple syntax so beginners can focus on learning programming logic.

Set kids up for a lifetime of programming success with Python Programming for Beginners .

WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW

Python Programming For Beginners by Patricia Foster is an excellent introduction to Python programming for children ages 10 to 14, and even adults, like me, who sometimes need things dumbed down a bit for them. I found the book to be well-written and easy to follow. It did a good job of explaining the sometimes complex inner workings of coding into really simple concepts by relating them to things kids already understand, like ice cream, kittens, and jellybeans.

Although perhaps not as thorough as I’d like, as an adult looking into a new programming language, I think for young children/teens, this is a good resource for teaching them to think like a programmer and get them started in making their own programs and games.