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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 880L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; First Edition edition (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763645648
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763645649
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 11 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon Exclusive: A Q&A with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on What Color is My World?

Question: When did you first become interested in learning about African-American inventors?

Abdul-Jabbar: I first became interested in African-American inventors when I wrote Black Profiles in Courage in 1996. During that time I was immersed in black history and the many courageous African-Americans that history books had overlooked. I was surprised at how many inventors that affected our everyday life had been left out of what we learned in school. I knew at that time that I would someday want to do something about that inequity.

Q: Super Soaker or Illusion Transmitter? Of the many inventions you talk about in the book, which is your favorite?

Abdul-Jabbar: My favorite invention in the book is the foil-electret microphone invented by James West because it has made cell phone communication possible. The cell phone has completely changed our world. Today’s kids can’t imagine a time before there were cell phones or iPods or iPads. But all that was possible, in part, thanks to one black man who had to struggle against great odds to achieve his dream. Those are the kind of men and women we should be exposing our children to.

Q: In What Color is My World? Herbie keeps a journal with him all the time--do you keep a journal?

Abdul-Jabbar: I don’t keep a journal, but I do tweet on Twitter and have a Facebook site, which are the modern equivalents. However, Herbie’s journal is the kind I would have kept and wish I had as a child. It’s filled with the sense of wonder he has about the world. I had that same sense of wonder but I was a little too restless to write it all down. I’m trying to make up for all that now with the books I write.

Q: What was your favorite class in school?

Abdul-Jabbar: I don’t think it will be any surprise that my favorite class was history. I’ve said many times that if I hadn’t become a professional basketball player, I would have become a history teacher. There’s so much to learn from history. The saying, “Those that don’t learn from history are condemned to repeat it” doesn’t just apply to politicians and world leaders, it applies to all of us on a daily basis. We can learn from mistakes of others, whether they’re kings or our parents. When we do learn those lessons, we’re better equipped to make our own dreams come true.

Q: What do you most want kids to know about you outside of your legendary basketball career?

Abdul-Jabbar: I love basketball, but playing basketball doesn’t fully define who I am. I was always a good student, too. Sure, I could have skated by as an athlete, but the world is so much bigger and more interesting than any one thing. I didn’t want to be pigeonholed as just a jock. I’m also an author, a student of history, and I collect memorabilia from the Wild West. I’m also a son, a father, and a friend.

Q: Did you read a lot as a kid? Did you have any favorite books growing up?

Abdul-Jabbar: I read a lot as a kid. Some of my favorite books were The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas and The Man Who Would Be King by Rudyard Kipling. Reading opened up the world like nothing else. One day I might be sword fighting in 17th Century France, the next I might be fighting off crazed assassins in 19th Century India. Video games just can’t compare with the variety and intensity of reading.

Q: What was it like to receive the Abraham Lincoln Medal [awarded to individuals who exemplify President Abraham Lincoln's commitment to equality in their body of work, accomplishments or personal attributes] and meet the President and First Lady?

Abdul-Jabbar: It was a great honor, truly unforgettable. One of the great things about growing older is that you can see some of your childhood dreams about the world come true. When I was a kid I imagined a day when we would have an African-American president. I imagined a day when children of all races would play together without fear or prejudice. The world isn’t perfect, but we’re heading in the right direction and I just want to play my part in making this a better world. I hope my books are a step in that direction.

Q: Will you write more books for kids? If so, do you have an idea for the next one yet?

Abdul-Jabbar: I have so many ideas I’d like to tackle. There’s no shortage in my imagination. History is filled with so many amazing people and I would like to bring them to light so they can inspire all of us--young and old--to become the kind of people we want to be.


Review

It's an entertaining and often surprising exploration of lesser-known innovators, past and present.
—Publishers Weekly

In his first foray into writing for children, basketball superstar Abdul-Jabbar teams with Obstfeld to
introduce 16 mostly lesser-known African American inventors through a fictional story told by young
twins, who learn that many items in a typical house and used by a majority of Americans were invented or developed by African Americans.
—Booklist

More About the Author

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA's all-time leading scorer with 38,387 points and a Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. Since retiring, Abdul-Jabbar has been an actor, basketball coach, and an author. His books for adults include GIANT STEPS, KAREEM, BLACK PROFILES IN COURAGE, A SEASON ON THE RESERVATION, BROTHERS IN ARMS, and ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS: MY JOURNEY THROUGH THE HARLEM RENISSANCE, and the children's books STREETBALL CREW: SASQUATCH IN THE PAINT and WHAT COLOR IS MY WORLD?, which won the NAACP award for Best Children's Book. In 2012, he was selected as a U.S. Cultural Ambassador.

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My kids loved this book and read it over and over again.
Dee
It is beautifully illustrated, nicely designed with fold out pages and many fun facts about inventors.
Joe
Purchased 1 each for grandson and niece to read and both enjoyed.
James Whitaker

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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Yana V. Rodgers on January 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Hard-working inventors have faced numerous difficulties in the past, including insufficient financial resources and poor access to information and communication channels as they designed new products, medicines, equipment, and gadgets. Black Americans faced additional obstacles in the form of discrimination and legal restrictions by race as they tried to bring their innovative plans to fruition. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar carefully documents the challenges and accomplishments experienced by a number of relatively unknown black American inventors as they made influential contributions in the past two centuries.

Abdul-Jabbar has done an excellent job writing about the personal backgrounds of these pioneers in science, medicine, and industry. With its clear presentation, fun facts on the side, and a parallel story, young readers will gain a new understanding of the impact that these innovations have had on scientific progress and on our everyday lives. The book offers a good opportunity to introduce readers to the concept of innovation and the idea that new inventions play an important role in improving societal well-being.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Patty Mitzvah on January 30, 2012
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Not only is this book beautifully written and illustrated, it shines a light on many deserving inventors whose important contributors may have been overlooked by the history books. I hope it will inspire young and old readers to continue to dream, and lead them to many other ideas and innovations!
What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Joe on February 9, 2012
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This book (What Color is my World, by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar)will be used as a teaching tool.
I am a teacher for 5th graders and this book will be well read by my students.
It is beautifully illustrated, nicely designed with fold out pages and many fun facts about inventors.
I would recommend this book to everyone- young and old.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Phyllis Boros on March 11, 2012
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This book should be the first of many subsequent books on the subject. I tutor at a mostly Black Boys and Girls Club and was delighted to raise their knowledge of these important people. The format was appropriate for all ages and the club is buying its own copy. This book demonstrates that anyone can achieve anything if s/he is willing to work hard enough. BTW: I am not black.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steve Marsh on February 9, 2012
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A fun read! Has enough to interest young readers and to humor and entertain older ones. The references and suggested additional readings provide a wealth of complimentary materials. Well done, sirs!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Spudman TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 19, 2012
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It was one of thousands of recommendations that appear on my Amazon page. Fortunately I clicked on this one to discover one of the most amazing books I've ever read. What Color is My World educates, entertains, and inspires. The authors skillfully weave science facts and inventor biographical facts into a narrative featuring brother/sister twins and the mysterious Mr. Mital, a black handyman.

Mital shares information about not so famous inventors while stressing the importance of persistence and higher education. This is a cleverly designed book with flaps containing information about inventors and their inventions, made even more interesting with a sprinkling of scientific facts.

Some of the inventors featured include:
Dr. Henry Sampson - gamma electric cell
Grantville Woods - induction telegraph
George Crum - POTATO chips
Lewis Latimer - light bulb
James West - 200 patents for Bell Labs
Lonnie Johnson - super soaker

I shared this book with Mrs. Spudman and several teachers; all reacted with greath enthusiasm and wonder.

What Color Is My World gets the highest Spudman recommendation. As icing on the cake, even the ending has a pleasant, surprise twist.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Othniel J. Seiden on February 9, 2012
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This beautifully written and illustrated book is a wonderful collection of role models for all kids, but especially for anyone thinking they don't have a chance to make something of themselves in the future. These are stories of men who made amazing contributions against odds that would have discouraged lesser individuals. These stories prove that anyone can make astounding contributions if willing to put forth the efforts.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. Blake on February 9, 2012
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The book is a real treasure. Full of interesting facts that make you stop and say, "I ddn't know that." It's a good book for any age, but I think that older children will read it with enjoyment and learn many things about inventors in general and specifically African-American inventors, a fairly unknown group.
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