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

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Description


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.

About the Author


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is recognized by "Sports Illustrated" and "Time" magazine as history's greatest basketball player.

Raymond Obstfeld is an associate professor of English at Orange Coast College.

Praise For…


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.
—Booklist

Product Details
ISBN: 9780763645649
ISBN-10: 0763645648
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Publication Date: January 10th, 2012
Pages: 44
Language: English