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Have you heard of Sarah Goode? She was one of the first African-American female inventors. She invented a bed that folded up. This bed was the precursor to a Murphy bed. Sarah was born a slave. Even though she was a slave she had many dreams. When she got her freedom Sarah went to Chicago to start a new life and make all her dreams come true. One of those dreams was to have a job she loved.
Sarah Goode's father was a carpenter and he taught her everything he knew. Sarah got married and started a family. Then she saved enough money to start a furniture shop. Her clients would tell her their problems about not having enough space for their families. Sarah Goode started thinking and she came up with the idea to make a fold up bed. Bringing the idea to life was not easy, she had many obstacles. Sarah did not give up; she worked hard and made her dreams come true.
This is a great book for kids to learn about perseverance. Sarah Goode believed in her dreams and became one of the first African-American women to receive a patent. The illustrations by Chris Ewald leap off the page. Turning each page was a joy! On the back pages there is a timeline of Black female patent holders. It starts in the 1880's and ends in the 2000's.
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