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What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors Hardcover – Jan 3 2012


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  • Hardcover: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (Jan. 3 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763645648
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763645649
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 27.9 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 816 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #367,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children Jan. 15 2012
By Yana V. Rodgers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Hard-working inventors have faced numerous difficulties in the past, including insufficient financial resources and poor access to information and communication channels as they designed new products, medicines, equipment, and gadgets. Black Americans faced additional obstacles in the form of discrimination and legal restrictions by race as they tried to bring their innovative plans to fruition. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar carefully documents the challenges and accomplishments experienced by a number of relatively unknown black American inventors as they made influential contributions in the past two centuries.

Abdul-Jabbar has done an excellent job writing about the personal backgrounds of these pioneers in science, medicine, and industry. With its clear presentation, fun facts on the side, and a parallel story, young readers will gain a new understanding of the impact that these innovations have had on scientific progress and on our everyday lives. The book offers a good opportunity to introduce readers to the concept of innovation and the idea that new inventions play an important role in improving societal well-being.
32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
What Color Is My World? The Lost History of African-American Inventors Jan. 30 2012
By Patty Mitzvah - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Not only is this book beautifully written and illustrated, it shines a light on many deserving inventors whose important contributors may have been overlooked by the history books. I hope it will inspire young and old readers to continue to dream, and lead them to many other ideas and innovations!
What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Book Review Feb. 9 2012
By Joe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book (What Color is my World, by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar)will be used as a teaching tool.
I am a teacher for 5th graders and this book will be well read by my students.
It is beautifully illustrated, nicely designed with fold out pages and many fun facts about inventors.
I would recommend this book to everyone- young and old.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Unknown heroes March 11 2012
By Phyllis Boros - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book should be the first of many subsequent books on the subject. I tutor at a mostly Black Boys and Girls Club and was delighted to raise their knowledge of these important people. The format was appropriate for all ages and the club is buying its own copy. This book demonstrates that anyone can achieve anything if s/he is willing to work hard enough. BTW: I am not black.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Fun Treatment of an Interesting Topic Feb. 9 2012
By Steve Marsh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A fun read! Has enough to interest young readers and to humor and entertain older ones. The references and suggested additional readings provide a wealth of complimentary materials. Well done, sirs!


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