This is a well written and beautifully illustrated book about the life of Arturo Schomburg - the man who had set out to gather books and other materials which would feature the lives and achievements of African Americans. Growing up as a child, Arturo soon discovered that there were no books that dealt with the lives of African Americans or their culture. Arturo felt the need to search and find book that dealt with Afro Americans. This quest soon lead to his accumulating so many books that he ran out of space in his home. Ultimately, this would bring about the founding of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City. The book keeps the interest of the read throughout each chapter. Additionally this book is a great resource for school age children who might have to complete a research paper.
Excellent book! My little one has not stopped talking about all of the conteibutions made by people that look like him. He will have his first book club meeting next Saturday and this is their first book for the club. Great read!
My 4 year old son and I decided to decolonize our book shelf, and add some Afro-Latino books to our collection. This piece was a must have. In a society where Puerto Ricans are invisible, and African peoples are set aside as "less than" this book is a breath of fresh air. The book does precisely what Arturo Schomburg set out to do himself, shed light on African people, all the while giving us an appropriate biography. We need more books like this.