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Vision of Beauty: The Story of Sarah Breedlove Walker

Vision of Beauty: The Story of Sarah Breedlove Walker

Spring 2000 Non-Fiction
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Kathryn Lasky
Illustrator: Nneka Bennett
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 0-7636-0253-1
Hardcover Price: $16.99
Review:
Sarah Breedlove Walker (1867-1919) was a chemist, business owner, community leader, and advocate for the rights of black women. Born a sharecropper's child, she became the owner of the Mme. C. J. Walker Manufacturing Company, one of the largest businesses in America in the early twentieth century. Along the way, she was influenced by Margaret and Booker T. Washington. Her life story is told in clear prose and wonderful pencil and watercolor illustrations. A picture of Sarah in her at-home laboratory is particularly inspiring.
Mary Hollowell   ©2000 Parents' Choice
Mary Hollowell, the mother of two girls, is an associate professor of education at Clayton State University. She is a former science teacher and director of education at Cincinnati Museum Center.

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