A few weeks ago, in the northeast where we currently reside, it snowed. It was still autumn. The snow forced us to think about the inevitable winter that was making its way. It is now December and there are Christmas lights everywhere and it is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. One thing I do not think about much during this time of year is grass. Our beautifully manicured green lawn has now become dried, brown and frostbitten.
But I am thinking about grass, as I read author Christopher Davis Jr’s book entitled “The Man who invented the lawn mower and other inspirational Black-American inventors and their inventions.”
Written by: Chris Barton
Illustrated by: Don Tate
Published by: Charlesbridge/Penguin Random House
Released: May 3, 2016
Genre: Picture book
Length: 32 pages
Age level: 7-10
Grade level: 2-5
Meet Lonnie Johnson, a kid inventor from Mobile, Alabama. Growing up with 5 siblings was no easy feat as he shared space in a small house. His love and dedication for solving problems payed off when he was able to go to college and get a job at NASA. He designed things such as space probes for his job and homemade robots at home as his hobby and eventually came up with a water gun called the Super Soaker. However, life is filled with trials and good things rarely come easily. The story tells of disappointments and rejections. But Lonnie never gave up and with the support and encouragement of his family, he persisted.