“An educational and inspirational story of a woman pioneer in a STEM field for longer attention spans.”
This is the story of Dr. Patricia Bath, the inventor of the Laserphaco Probe and a life-long advocate for the blind and seemingly impossible cases. Patricia’s early dreams of becoming a doctor are realized through her hard work and passion for science, along with her parent’s support. When faced with discrimination in the workplace and the doubts of her colleagues, Patricia perseveres in her advocacy of her patients and her hope for the future . . . that the blind will see. This impressively detailed biography follows Dr. Bath from early childhood through to retirement, and its length and level of detail make it best suited for the older picture book audience with a sufficient attention span. Dr. Bath’s determination to solve problems and see possibilities come through as central themes of the book, and the choice of quotes from Dr. Bath herself (“I believe that someday the blind will see . . . ”) and phrasing of dialog in the text (“Other doctors said, ‘It’s impossible,’ Dr. Bath said, ‘I choose miracles.’) emphasize the miraculous nature of her goals and accomplishments. The illustrations are informative and adequately interpret the story in pictorial form but fail to spark joy.
The inspiring story of Dr. Patricia Bath, a groundbreaking ophthalmologist who pioneered laser surgery—and gave her patients the gift of sight.
Born in the 1940s, Patricia Bath dreamed of being an ophthalmologist at a time when becoming a doctor wasn’t a career option for most women—especially African-American women. This empowering biography follows Dr. Bath in her quest to save and restore sight to the blind, and her decision to “choose miracles” when everyone else had given up hope. Along the way, she cofounded the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness, invented a specialized laser for removing cataracts, and became the first African-American woman doctor to receive a medical patent.
Patricia was fascinated with science and with the eye—she worked hard and never gave up on her dream. Do you have a dream? Something you’re passionate about? How can you start working towards your goal now?
When she was discriminated against, Patricia stood up for herself, and she also stood up for others when no one believed in them or that they could see again. How can you prevent bullying and help others.
Patricia did a series of experiments to develop her Laserphaco Probe. What do you know about the scientific process? Consider running your own experiment to test something (with an adult’s help if needed!)
With three sisters and two daughters, Michelle Lord believes in girl power. She is the author of Sterling’s A Girl Called Genghis Khan, as well as A Song for Cambodia,Little Sap and Monsieur Rodin, and numerous science books. Michelle lives in New Braunfels, TX, with her family.
It took a village to build this book. Special thanks to my agent, Ronnie; critique partners Beth, Heather, and Kate; and my wonderful friend Shannon for lending an ear!
To my mom, Terri, who instilled in me a deep love of science.
“A great tribute to a beautiful life and an important spotlight on a little-known part of American medical history.”