|Pathfinders : the journeys of 16 extraordinary Black souls|
Author: Bolden, Tonya
Brief bios of African American figures who paved the way for themselves and others in America.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 8.00
Points: 4.0 Quiz: 189304
Kirkus Reviews (+) (11/01/16)
School Library Journal (+) (11/01/16)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/02/17)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 11/01/2016 Gr 5–8—The lives of 16 fascinating and innovative black men and women are given due recognition in this masterly work. Bolden makes use of a variety of features to convey information in an accessible yet deeply enlightening manner. For instance, sidebars titled "In His/Her Time" provide historical context without burdening the main text with lengthy exposition. With a variety of subjects in different fields, from a magician to a mathematician, a bank founder to a race car driver, there is plenty of fresh report material within these pages. The clean layout and the smart design make for a book that is not only expertly researched but attractive as well. (Each chapter receives its own color palette, visually linking the content within that section together.) VERDICT Teachers and librarians seeking to further develop their history and biography collections will be thrilled with this fine offering.—Erinn Black Salge, Saint Peter's Prep, Jersey City, NJ - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 12/15/2016 This collective biography presents a great deal of information on a variety of people and discusses them with insight and well-chosen details. The subjects are 16 African Americans whose names are unfamiliar to most readers today. Arranged chronologically, these include eighteenth-century magician Richard Potter, Civil War spy Mary Bowser, Colorado pioneer Clara Brown, bank founder Maggie Lena Walker, WWI aviator Eugene Bullard, and cartoonist Jackie Ormes. The first double-page spread of each chapter includes a large illustration (usually a portrait) and an opening paragraph or two in relatively large type. On the pages that follow, the blocks of smaller-print text may look a bit intimidating to kids, although the generous use of white space, color, and pictures within the layout gives an inviting look to the pages overall. Illustrations include many sepia-toned archival photos as well as more colorful drawings, paintings, and prints such as engravings and posters. A well-researched book introducing a varied group of African Americans who excelled in their own, individual ways. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.