- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Tundra Books (Oct. 9 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 110191789X
- ISBN-13: 978-1101917893
- Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 1.1 x 23.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 399 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #384,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dr. Jo: How Sara Josephine Baker Saved the Lives of America's Children Hardcover – Oct 9 2018
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PRAISE FOR Dr. Jo:
“[A] valuable addition to the selection of children’s books featuring women in history.” --Canadian Children’s Book News
“This beautifully illustrated account of Dr. S. Josephine Baker's work in New York City is an excellent introduction to an inspiring woman whose public health reforms in New York City saved the lives of 90 000 children and formed the basis for public health programs across the United States.” -- CM Magazine
About the Author
MONICA KULLING was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. She received a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Victoria. Monica is the author of over 50 books for children, including the popular Great Idea series, stories of inventors. The third book in the series, In the Bag! Margaret Knight Wraps It Up, was chosen as a Once Upon a World Children's Book Award Honor Book by the Simon Wiesenthal Center. The sixth book in the series, Spic-and-Span! Lillian Gilbreth's Wonder Kitchen won the North Dakota Library Association 2016 Flicker Tale Children's Book Award (Non-Fiction), and was listed as one of Amazon's Best Books of the Year (Non-Fiction) and the Boston Globe's Best Picture Books for the Year. Monica Kulling lives in Toronto, Canada.
JULIANNA SWANEY is an illustrator, designer and fine artist whose work is inspired by themes of imagination, whimsy and melancholy. She studied printmaking at Maine College of Art (BFA 2005) and works in pencil, watercolor or gouache on paper. Dr. Jo is her first book with Tundra.
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Set against a backdrop of poverty, illness (typhoid for instance) and hunger, Dr. Jo was a tireless and fearless champion for the poor. Among her amazing accomplishments, she set up a licensing system for midwives (which helped to lower the infant mortality rate), she organized milk stations in store fronts so poor mothers could get safe, fresh milk for their babies, and she developed an amazing cheap, safe anti-bacterial bees wax container for infant eye drops, to save children's sight. She did a lot more, too.
I'd never heard of Dr. Jo before, but this lovely, informative and very inspiring book changed that, now I want to know more. What amazes me about Monica Kulling's writing, is that she tells us so much in just a few words, AND she can tell a story about death, disease and poverty for children while somehow making it uplifting. The illustrations by Juliana Swaney are also sweetly whimsical, with just enough detail to suggest the truth about Hell's Kitchen without being too gritty or overwhelming.
I think young readers (and readers of any age) will love this book, and find an important and inspiring figure in Dr. Jo (I sure did)!
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The text is for children but doesn't "talk down" to them. It flows in beautiful composition rendering the process of Dr. Jo's life from childhood to becoming America's first pediatrician. It tells of her compassion, her professionality, her insight into the needs of people, and her accomplishments.
Dr. Jo was a strong woman at a time when women did not readily pursue medical professions nor were they much accepted by the populace. This children's biography will teach appreciation and respect for Dr. Jo's accomplishments and for the medical and health profession.
I highly recommend this book. Homes that provide libraries for their families, school libraries, public libraries all need to have copies.
I received a copy through the Librarything.com Early Readers program.
During her childhood, Sara Josephine Baker lost her brother and father to typhoid fever. From that moment, she was determined to become a doctor. This was a tough pursuit for a woman in the late 1800s. There weren't a lot of schools that would teach women, but she found a way. When she graduated, it was tough to find a job, but she found a way. She worked in the poor neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen, and helped children and infants to get better treatment.
I liked this true story of a person determined to help in spite of being told they couldn't. The determination of this story is a good lesson for young readers.
The illustrations by Julianna Swaney are also very nice. They have a good feel for the time of this story, and I liked the warm colors that were used.
I received a review copy of this ebook from Tundra Books, Penguin Random House Canada, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
Jo lost first her brother and then her father to typhoid fever after the local hospital dumped sewage into the river used for drinking water. These losses only further cemented her desire to become a doctor. She was able to accomplish her goal, but when she struggled to keep her practice open, she supplemented her income by also becoming the health inspector in New York City. That work brought her into contact with dangerous conditions in the inner city, and she set about changing the circumstances that led to blindness, contaminated medications/food, even non-sufficient knowledge about infant care.
Dr Jo is written in simple language, but Jo is a notable heroine whose story is worthy of being memorialized, and the accompanying illustrations will draw in readers.
(I received a digital ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.)
"Hell's Kitchen" was the name of the neighborhood where she did much of her work in public health. Despite the challenges, Dr. Jo went beyond simply treating patients and tried to come up with big-picture ideas that could help this population in the midst of their poverty -- one of her ideas was to make bottles out of beeswax to help make babies' eye drops safer.
I really appreciated this story of a woman who was ahead of her time and whose compassion drove her to save so many lives. Definitely a great example for girls (and boys) today.
(Thanks to NetGalley for the review copy.)
Jo knew from an early age she wanted to be a doctor and help others. Losing her brother and father to a typhoid fever epidemic and seeing too many sick and dying, she wanted to make a difference.. She was only ten when she injured her knee and was taken care of by a kind doctor, she wanted to do the same for others. Sarah Josephine Baker learned about the Women's Medical College in New York founded by two sisters Emily and Elizabeth Blackwell. After graduating she did not have an easy time getting patients. She became a health inspector in the city of New York. It was during this time that she was sent to Hell's Kitchen a tough and very poor section of town. Due to the poverty and conditions, there was a lot of sickness and dying especially among the babies and children. It was here that Dr. Jo made the biggest impact, saving over 90,000 infants and children.
I loved not only the story, but the simple but elegant art work.
This is a book I would recommend for a lot of reading pleasure.
I received a copy of this book from Tundra Books through NetGalleys. The opinions expressed in this book are my own.