Rakeem learns about African-American Science Inventors
By Olivia Lauren
Book: Rakeem and the amulet: Science fair, Steven and Charesa Gayle-Bristow, First Printing, 2017, 32 pages
Rakeem and the amulet: The Science fair is a fun story written by Steven and Charesa Gayle-Bristow. Steven and Charesa are a couple living in the United Kingdom who enjoy telling stories.
In my opinion, the book is recommended for children ages 7 to 10. Older children would enjoy the details and length of the story. Girls and especially, boys who love Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) would enjoy this book.
The story is about the main character Rakeem, who is an African American boy with cornrows, who wears a red tee, blue jeans, and a large necklace with an African pendant. He loves Science. But most would not guess by looking at him. The first theme is do not judge a book by its cover. How we dress has nothing to do with our passion.
The story takes place at school where two unlikely boys become friends. They decide to team up for a science fair. They soon discover that Rakeem's pendant, known as an amulet, has the power to travel through time. On their journey, they meet some very interesting characters. As they work on their science project, they learn about the struggle of creating a new invention, as all inventors do, and learn about some great African American inventors. Find out if they are successful at completing their project in time for the Science fair.
The authors do a great job keeping the reader engaged and flipping the page. I liked the illustrations because they were very detailed, bright, and colorful. I liked that I was learning while reading a fiction story.
The book is sold on Amazon and is available in paperback at https://www.amazon.com/Rakeem-Amulet-Science-Steven-Gayle-Bristow/dp/1545508739/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1499700620&sr=1-1&keywords=rakeem+and+the+amulet