Vision of Beauty: The Story of Sarah Breedlove Walker
Illustrated By: Nnenka Bennett
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Vision of Beauty: The Story of Sarah Breedlove Walker

Illustrated By: Nnenka Bennett
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Sarah Breedlove Walker was America's first self-made female millionaire, gaining her fortune from a hair and beauty supply line & system she developed. This detailed and engaging biography looks at her rise from the first child in her family born into freedom to her success and advocacy for Civil Rights. Tracing the development of her ideas-from seeing her mother and sisters with their hair in do-rags in the fields, finding that her own hair was falling out from poor nutrition, to selling her products and establishing herself as a successful, philanthropic businesswoman-this biography presents an inspiring look at what hard work can accomplish.

The Candlewick Biographies series presents "portraits of people making history and shaping the future." Illustrated with beautiful full-color pictures, each book focuses on a turning point or defining moment in the life of an important individual in history, the sciences, or the world of art.

45 pages, indexed, softcover. Ages 8-12.

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 41
Vendor: Candlewick Press
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0763660922
ISBN-13: 9780763660925
Ages: 8-12
Series: Candlewick Biographies

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Publisher's Description

A vision of dignity and freedom and a powerful role model for girls and women of all races.

"I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. I was promoted from the fields to the washtubs. I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods. I have built my own factory on
my own ground."

Born December 23, 1867, Sarah Breedlove Walker was the first free-born child of sharecroppers in Delta, Louisiana. Life was hard, but slavery had ended, and the Breedlove family was free - and if you were free, you could dream.

And dream she did. VISION OF BEAUTY follows Sarah Breedlove Walker's rise from a bleak world of poverty and discrimination to unprecedented success as a businesswoman and philanthropist. Through tenacity and faith, she discovered a cure for her own hair loss, then began marketing her original products through the Mme. C. J. Walker Manufacturing Company. Well known as a woman of economic independence, Madam Walker offered a vision of dignity and freedom for her people and a powerful role model for women and girls of all races.
Back matter includes an epilogue, an illustrator’s note, sources, and an index.

Author Bio

Kathryn Lasky says, "When I was a little girl growing up in Indianapolis, I loved having a lemonade stand. One of my very early memories is coming into the kitchen with a jar full of money and my mother exclaiming, 'Goodness, Kathryn, maybe you'll grow up to be the next Madam Walker!'" Kathryn Lasky lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Nneka Bennett studied animation and illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design. She has illustrated many books for children and currently lives in East Orange, New Jersey.

Editorial Reviews

This will delight young readers as it gives a sense of this remarkable woman and the times in which she lived.
—School Library Journal (starred review)

VISION OF BEAUTY is a wonderfully inspirational book, telling a true rag-to-riches story and reminding us that with tenactiy and courage, we can achieve anything.
—Book Page

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