What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors

What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors


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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, basketball legend and the NBA's alltime leading scorer, champions a lineup of little-known African-American inventors in this lively, kid-friendly book.

Did you know that James West invented the microphone in your cell phone? That Fred Jones invented the refrigerated truck that makes supermarkets possible? Or that Dr. Percy Julian synthesized cortisone from soy, easing untold people's pain? These are just some of the black inventors and innovators scoring big points in this dynamic look at several unsung heroes who shared a desire to improve people's lives. Offering profiles with fast facts on flaps and framed by a funny contemporary story featuring two feisty twins, here is a nod to the minds behind the gamma electric cell and the ice-cream scoop, improvements to traffic lights, open-heart surgery, and more - inventors whose ingenuity and perseverance against great odds made our world safer, better, and brighter.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763645649
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 01/03/2012
Pages: 44
Sales rank: 238,250
Product dimensions: 10.80(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 880L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

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.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 1

Dr. Henry T. Sampson 8

Granville T. Woods 10

Lewis Howard Latimer 12

Chapter 2 19

Dr. Mark Dean 24

Dr. Valerie L. Thomas 26

James E. West2 8

Chapter 3 32

Frederick McKinley Jones 35

Joseph Lee 41

Lloyd A. Hall 44

George Crum 46

Chapter 4 49

Daniel Hale Williams 52

Dr. Charles Drew 54

Dr. Percy Lavon Julian 56

Chapter 5 63

Alfred L. Cralle 66

Lonnie Johnson 68

Garrett Morgan 70

Chapter 6 77

Authors' Notes 81

Sources & Further Information 85

Index 88

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It's an entertaining and often surprising exploration of lesser-known innovators, past and present.
—Publishers Weekly

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.

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What Color Is My World? 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
HayleeKai on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Henry is a little cat who is in love with a bunny. He wants more than anythign for her to notice him. All it takes is a blueberry muffin and sharing your love.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read for all ages about black inventors that did not make it to the history books. I enjoyed the layout of the book and will send a few as gifts to my nephews this year:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago