Vision of Beauty: The Story of Sarah Breedlove Walker (Candlewick Biographies)
"This impressive picture book will delight young readers as it gives a sense of this remarkable woman and the times in which she lived." — SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review)
"Lasky's engaging account moves smoothly through events in Walker's life. . . . The illustrations . . . are ...more
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I don't know that I'd ever heard of Madame Walker before, but she was quite a fireball! The story tells of her harsh growing up years through to her death and includes where she got her ideas for her cosmetic business and drive for social reform. Though the artwork is good and the source material interesting, the story felt very disjointed. I know Ms. Lasky said she had to fill in some gaps, but some...more
Strangely, I never realized that the "C.J." in Madam C. J. Walker came from her husband's name. People so rarely do that these days that I had forgotten that it was the norm.
There was a lot of focus on Madam Walker's work to empower other Black women and her communities.
Candlewick Press has recently reissued in paperback Kathryn Lasky's biography of Sarah Breedlove Walker, originally published in 2000. In a brief 48 pages, Lasky chronicles the life of this remarkable woman, born into poverty to former slaves, who became a highly successful entrepreneur and philanthropist. Orphaned at the age of seven, Sarah had a difficult childhood, and married at the age of 14 to escape living with her sister and her cruel husband. She eventually moved to St. Louis where she ...more
This longer-than-usual, picture book tells the inspiring story Madame Walker, best known for founding a turn-of-the-century company that bolstered the beauty of African-American women. Lasky does an incredible job of getting to the emotional and character qualities of this amazing woman who did much more than change hair. Walker was the f ...more
Author: Kathryn Lasky; Illustrations by Nneka Bennett
Title: Vision of Beauty: The Story of Sarah Breedlove Walker
Plot: This is the story of Madame C.J. Walker, formerly known as Sarah Breedlove Walker, a strong African-American figure in the Indianapolis community. She grew up to be one of the richest African Americans in her time as well as the richest woman in the world, during a time when being black and a woman meant struggle and hardships.
Setting: Various locations ...more
In this book, readers learn about Sarah Breedlove Walker, an African American orphan born after the abolishment of slavery. She followed her dreams to become one of the most successful African American entrepreneurs.
a.) A major strength of this book is the illustrations.
b.) When reading biographies and autobiographies, visuals help make the story and history come alive. Although this book may not have real photographs, the illustrations done by Nneka Bennett are very ...more
This picture-book biography is beautiful and informative. Sarah Walker invented hair products ...more
She was born June 24, 1944, and grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is married to Christopher Knight, with whom she lives in Massachusetts.
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