Reviews for Inspiring African-American Inventors : 9 Extraordinary Lives
Booklist Reviews 2010 February #1
This collective biography from the Great Scientists and Famous Inventors series profiles nine African American inventors: Lewis Howard Latimer, Jan E. Matzeliger, Granville T. Woods, George Washington Carver, Madam C. J. Walker, Garrett A. Morgan, Percy Lavon Julian, Patricia Era Bath, and Lonnie G. Johnson. Besides providing biographical information, the book discusses inventions such as the shoe-lasting machine, the three-way traffic signal, synthesized cortisone, and laser surgery for cataracts. The book's page design, using colors for backgrounds, borders, and sidebars as well as in the illustrations, sometimes distracts the eye from the text, but many of the illustrations, primarily photos and reproductions of drawings, are well chosen. Because the series is part of the MyReportLinks.com imprint, the book includes pictures of Web pages accompanied by directions for reaching online links to approved sites related to the inventors. Clearly written and logically organized, this volume provides a useful guide to the subject. Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Spring
The achievements of well-chosen personalities are highlighted in each volume. Meaningful depth of information is compromised by the plethora of extraneous inclusions on most pages: website screen shots, sidebars, photographs that may or may not be relevant to the texts, etc. Some content is there if readers can find it. Reading list. Glos., ind. [Review covers these Great Scientists and Famous Inventors titles: Astonishing Ancient World Scientists, Daring American Heroes of Flight, Brilliant African-American Scientists, and Inspiring African-American Inventors.] Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
School Library Journal Reviews 2009 November
Gr 4-8-These eclectic collective biographies cover eight or nine scientists each. The 10-to-15-page entries include basic personal information but concentrate on career achievements, such as Al-Khwarizmi's documentation of practical uses of algebra (Ancient World Scientists) and George Washington Carver's work on crop rotation (African-American Inventors). An important aspect of each entry is the list of relevant Web sites that can be accessed through the publisher's site and that will be maintained until at least 2014. Overall, this series provides some solid information about well-known and lesser-known individuals important in their fields. [Page 62]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
VOYA Reviews 2010 April
This new series highlights visionary figures and their contributions to science, research, and exploration. Daring American Heroes of Flight begins with the Wright Brothers and follows a chronological path covering aviation pioneers, including Bessie Coleman, Amelia Earhart, Neil Armstrong, and Sally Ride. Similarly, Inspiring African-American Inventors focuses on well-known African American visionaries, such as George Washington Carver, and lesser-known but important figures such as Jan E. Matzeliger, who invented the automated shoe-lasting machine, and Madam C. J. Walker, who developed a line of haircare products specifically for African Americans and became the first self-made female African American millionaire. The series, which also includes Brilliant African-American Scientists: Nine Exceptional Lives and Astonishing Ancient World Scientists: Eight Great Brains, follows a consistent format, with ten- to sixteen-page profiles covering the subject's early days, influences, and lasting contributions to his or her particular field. Each profile includes an individual "lifeline" chronology; photographs and other eye-catching graphics; and Web-site screenshots, some of which can be accessed via the publisher's MyReportLinks.com, whereas others must be accessed directly. Overall this series largely succeeds in providing information that is both useful and appealing. The publisher identifies the books as appropriate for sixth grade and up, but an upper limit of eighth or ninth grade would have been appropriate, as these books are too basic for most high school students. In addition, the labeling of Web sites as "approved" may be misleading to any student whose teacher has disallowed the use of the Internet for a given assignment. Nonetheless these books are useful and are to be commended for the diversity of subjects covered. As such, this series certainly belongs in middle school, junior high school, and public libraries.--Amy Sisson ISBN 978-0-7377-4329-6 Trade pb. Copyright 2010 Voya Reviews.