Gr 1-4–Readers are introduced to six African Americans who were pioneers in their fields. Brief overviews of their lives are provided, which include their experiences with discrimination and prejudice. For example, “Some people treated Bayard Rustin unfairly because he was gay, but this did not stop him.” However, most of the narratives are upbeat. Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s success in genealogy is highlighted; Shirley Chisholm’s efforts in Congress to improve lives are examined; Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s career as a gospel and popular musician is chronicled. The vivid illustrations feature close-ups of the subjects as well as action scenes; the illustrations of Major Taylor riding his bike are especially compelling. The information tends to be scarce; most of the facts are shared in the time lines. VERDICT Though the lack of in-depth content means this series won’t be useful for report writers, the bright illustrations will attract browsers who will enjoy learning about these inspiring individuals.
Leaders Like Us - School Library Journal Fall 2020
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