Sweet Dreams, Sarah: From Slavery to Inventor by Vivian Kirkfield
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Thank you to author Vivian Kirkfield for providing me with a digital review copy to read and enjoy on Multicultural Children’s Book Day (1/25/19).
Sarah was a builder. An innovator who dreamed big and put in the work necessary to bring those dreams to life. By planning and saving, she opened her own furniture store. Understanding the needs of her customers who lived in homes with limited room, she created a space-saving cabinet bed that functioned as a desk when closed up. Her invention was pretty incredible and she knew that she better get it patented so her creation would be protected as her own. Nothing that anyone else could claim, reproduce, or sell. The process was a lengthy one, but Sarah persisted until she was granted the patent in 1885. Sarah E. Goode, a Black woman; a 19th-century inventor! Owning property and holding a patent for her own invention!
I am so inspired by Sarah and by all of the other Black women who would follow as U.S. patent holders. I absolutely love learning about hidden figures in history who are now #hiddennomore because of biographical picture books like this one. I appreciate the research that author Vivian Kirkfield put into this project, unearthing the details of the life and legacy of a phenomenal woman. Her book includes features that are those extra goodies that I love to see in the backmatter of a book like this. There is an explanation of what a patent is, a timeline of Sarah E. Goode’s life, and a timeline of Black women patent holders. This book is recommended for ages 6-11.
I am so thankful for Multicultural Children’s Book Day for pairing me with Vivan Kirchfield and introducing me to this book that will definitely add to my K-5 library for our students and teachers to enjoy. I think it is a great place for students to begin their research on inventor Sarah E. Goode.
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2019 (1/25/19) is in its 6th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.
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I am excited to read this! You never read about female inventors, let alone POC!! Thank you so much for your support of Multicultural Children’s Book Day and for sharing your great review! Please join us tonight at 9pm EST for our Twitter Party. We will be giving away book bundles every 5 minutes. Use hashtag #ReadYourWorld to find us!
I will be there! I’ve been looking forward to it all day. This is my first year and II a thankful for exposure to books like this one that I can share with my students.