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What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors Hardcover – Jan 3 2012
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It's an entertaining and often surprising exploration of lesser-known innovators, past and present.
In his first foray into writing for children, basketball superstar Abdul-Jabbar teams with Obstfeld to
introduce 16 mostly lesser-known African American inventors through a fictional story told by young
twins, who learn that many items in a typical house and used by a majority of Americans were invented or developed by African Americans.
About the Author
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is one of the most famous and accomplished basketball players in U.S. history. Since retiring from the sport, he has committed himself to bringing history and social studies to young people and has written seven books, including the New York Times bestseller On the Shoulders of Giants: My Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance, co-authored by Raymond Obstfeld. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar lives in California.
Raymond Obstfeld is the author of more than forty books of fiction and nonfiction and is a professor of creative writing. He lives in California.
Ben Boos (1971-2011) is the author-illustrator of Swords: An Artist's Devotion and Fantasy: An Artist's Realm.
A. G. Ford is the illustrator of Goal! by Mina Javaherbin and the New York Times bestseller Barack by Jonah Winter, among other titles. A. G. Ford lives in Texas.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.
What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors
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.
Mital shares information about not so famous inventors while stressing the importance of persistence and higher education. This is a cleverly designed book with flaps containing information about inventors and their inventions, made even more interesting with a sprinkling of scientific facts.
Some of the inventors featured include:
Dr. Henry Sampson - gamma electric cell
Grantville Woods - induction telegraph
George Crum - POTATO chips
Lewis Latimer - light bulb
James West - 200 patents for Bell Labs
Lonnie Johnson - super soaker
I shared this book with Mrs. Spudman and several teachers; all reacted with greath enthusiasm and wonder.
What Color Is My World gets the highest Spudman recommendation. As icing on the cake, even the ending has a pleasant, surprise twist.