Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas

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$19.95  $18.55
Lee & Low Books
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8.8 X 10.8 X 0.4 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Gwendolyn Hooks is the author of Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas, which received an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Children. Thanks to her Air Force dad, she grew up in Texas and Washington in the United States, and in Italy. After teaching middle school math, Hooks decided to follow her passion and write books for children. Hooks lives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with her husband. Please visit her website at www.gwendolynhooks.com.

Colin Bootman has illustrated numerous award-winning books for children, including Almost to Freedom, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Honor Book. Bootman grew up in Trinidad and the United States. Much of his artwork portrays the rich diversity of experiences among people of African descent. In addition to creating illustrations for books and periodicals, Bootman enjoys teaching students and young artists. He lives in Texas, and can be found on the Web at colinbootman.net.


* "Beyond the crucial message of perseverance and spotlight on prejudiced attitudes that still resonate today, this middle-grade picture book illuminates the life of little-known man whose innovations continue to be essential to modern medicine." -- Booklist, starred review

"Told candidly with a touch of gravitas, Vivien's story deftly presents complex social and medical issues along with the gently insistent message of perseverance. Bootman's full-page watercolors and muted palette gracefully bring emotional life to Vivien's personal and clinical scenes alike--never has hospital green been so poignant. A good alternative to dense, chapter biographies and a rousing tribute to a man unjustly forgotten. (notes, glossary, references)." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Hooks writes with vivid detail and immediacy ... Bootman's subdued watercolors channel the sobering climate of Depression-era America in a sensitive portrayal of a little-recognized medical pioneer." -- Publishers Weekly

"VERDICT An important addition for STEM or biography collections for its exceptional coverage." -- School Library Journal

NAACP Image Awards Winner - National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

CCBC Choices - Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)
Eureka! Nonfiction Children's Book Award - California Reading Association