By Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center BookDragon Blog
Author Gwendolyn Hooks makes Thomas’ exceptional story available to young audiences, reclaiming significant medical history that was conspicuously overlooked for too many decades. Her endpapers provide additional information to inspire further research, surely a welcome resource for curious, inspired readers. Illustrator Colin Bootman, who brought his grand artistry to Glenda Armand’s Love Twelve Miles Long, enhances Hooks’ informative history with a quiet vibrancy on every page, carefully capturing Thomas’ tenacity in his silent expressions using muted watercolors that seem to reflect the control Thomas had to exert while working – and succeeding – in such challenging circumstances.
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