What an inspirational, true story about a trailblazing, Black, female doctor! Dr. Bath was the first African American female doctor to receive a medical patent for her invention, the Laserphaco Probe, which improved treatments for cataract patients. But her amazing story doesn’t start or end there! Her story is presented in a biographical style that is easily digestible for young readers. It’s a shame I hadn’t heard of her before reading this children’s book. As part of author Julia Finley Mosca’s Amazing Scientist series, she worked closely with Dr. Bath, having conducted interviews and receiving commentary from Dr. Bath throughout the creation of the book. There is only so much content that could have been presented in the story, so Mosca includes amazingly rich, additional content at the back of the book, including fun facts and tidbits from her interviews with Dr. Bath, a timeline of Dr. Bath’s accomplishments, a more detailed biography, and a bibliography of wonderful resources for you and your young reader to further explore the amazing life of Dr. Patricia Bath!
Take-away message: No dream is too big if you’re willing to put in the work to make it a reality, and ignore those who try to discourage you along the way.
TAGS: STEM, female lead, Notable POC, Black, hardcover
Also in the series:
The Girl With a Mind for Math: The Story of Raye Montague
The Astronaut With a Song for the Stars: The Story of Dr. Ellen Ochoa
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin