What Color Is My World: The Lost History of African-American Inventors
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Raymond Obstfeld & et al
Candlewick, 2012 (2012)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
lthough you may have heard of some of these African-American inventors, such as George Washington Carver, Lewis Latimer and Otis Boykin, probably most of the men and women mentioned in this book will be unfamiliar to you.
ut by the time you've finished reading
What Color Is My World?
you'll know that Dr. Percy Julian synthesized cortisone from soy; Fred Jones invented the refrigerated truck; Chef George Crum came up with the idea of the potato chip; and Lonnie Johnson, a nuclear engineer, designed the Super Soaker in 1991.
hese and a number of other African-Americans who invented a wide range of things are the subject of this very informative book. With ingenuity and perseverance, these largely unheralded individuals made our world safer, better, and brighter.
hanks to former NBA all-star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld, these inventors will be exposed to a much wider audience when this volume reaches the intended audience of children eight years of age and older. Actually, adults will find this book just as interesting and informative as younger readers.
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