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This thoughtful and beautifully illustrated picture book shares the story of a trailblazer who has inspired generations of girls to change the worldSara Josephine Baker was a strong girl who loved adventure Growing up in New York in the late 1800s was not easy When she lost her brother and father to typhoid fever she became determined to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor In Jo's day medical. Before reading Dr Jo I was somewhat familiar with Monica Kulling’s work having read three of her picture book biographies in Tundra Books’ Great Ideas Series The books introduce kids to the historical figures behind many inventions we take for granted including inexpensive personal cameras paper bags elevators and the Zamboni machines used on skating rinks’ icy surfaces One of the good things about the books is Kulling’s focus on African American female and economically disadvantaged individuals whose curiosity creativity and grit drove them to make valuable contributions to everyday life Kulling’s Dr Jo resembles her earlier books in both format and content The narrative is roughly 30 pages long and attractively illustrated—this time by Julianna Swaney whose clean pencil and water colour work with its antiue uality complements the life story of Dr Sara Josephine BakerI’d never heard of Dr Jo before this book and I’m glad Kulling decided to write about her Baker certainly deserves attention for her early understanding of “the connection between poverty and illness” and her tireless work “to improve the health of women and their children” in big cities Born in 1873 in Poughkeepsie New York on the Hudson River Jo was a very unconventional girl Considered a tomboy she spent her summers fishing the river with her younger brother Robbie Winters the two skated togetherKulling isolates two key events in Jo’s young life At age 10 she injured her knee and was tended to by a doctor and his son who was also a doctor This experience apparently sparked her interest in becoming a physician herself a decidedly unladylike career choice at the time It is what happened when Jo was sixteen though that was probably even decisive In 1889 sewage was emptied into the river the source of drinking water for the town Jo’s beloved brother and then her father contracted typhoid fever and died within a few months of each other After high school she traveled to New York City where she received medical training at a college started by two doctor sisters Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell Elizabeth was in fact the first woman to receive medical ualifications in the United StatesAfter obtaining her medical license Dr Jo struggled to make a living in private practice Kulling doesn’t explain why but one assumes that public confidence in “lady” doctors wasn’t high She ended up becoming a public health inspector and eventually the first director of the New York City Department of Child Hygiene Her role as an inspector took her to Hell’s Kitchen a West Side neighbourhood with manure piled streets and sualid tenements which were mostly occupied by immigrants In almost no time she realized that many deaths especially children’s were due to unsanitary conditions and ignorance She was determined to make a differenceKulling spends the last several pages addressing the improvements Jo made to public health in the city Among other things Jo devised antibacterial beeswax containers that held exact single doses of the silver nitrate solution applied to prevent blindness in babies Prior to this bacteria laden glass containers for the solution were actually contributing to the problem Jo designed an infant sleeper with a button down front to replace the swaddling that caused babies to die from heat stroke She also set up a system for licensing midwives and she organized accessible stations where mothers could obtain clean fresh milk for their kids For the most part I really liked Julianna Swaney’s illustrations but they do fall a bit short at times Although Swaney does give young readers historically accurate details—for example a 6 inch medical thermometer which resembles a knitting needle appears in one picture she does not satisfactorily communicate the grit grime and general filth of the environment in which Dr Jo worked The immigrant families all look a bit too tidy One illustration is even a bit puzzling a family shown seated at a table is strangely engaged in making paper or cloth flowers The text offers no explanation about this Perhaps it was some kind of piecemeal work available at the timeAside from a couple of reservations about the book’s artwork I really liked Dr Jo Dr Sara Josephine Baker was a fascinating and admirable woman and Kulling’s book does her justice The vocabulary and content make it best suited to kids aged 8 to 10
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Dr Jo By Monica KulliIved There she was able to treat the most vulnerable patients babies and children She realized that the best treatment was to help babies get a stronger start in life Babies need fresh air clean and safe environments and proper food Dr Jo's successes fueled by her determination compassion and ingenuity made her famous across the nation for saving the lives of 90000 inner city infants and childre.
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READ & DOWNLOAD Û Dr Jo By Monica Kulling ´ This thoughtful and beautifully illustrated picture book shares the story of a trailblazer who has inspired generations of girls to change the worldSara Josephine Baker was a strong girl who loved adventure Growing up in New York in the late 1800s was not easy When she lost her brother and fatherSchools were closed to women but times were changing and Jo was at the forefrontWhen she graduated in 1898 Dr Jo still faced prejudice against women in her field Not many people were willing to be seen by a female doctor and Dr Jo's waiting room remained mostly empty She accepted a job in public health and was sent to Hell's Kitchen one of New York's poorest neighborhoods where many immigrants l. Dr Jo How Sara Josephine Baker Saved the Lives of America's Children is the story of a courageous and unconventional woman who attended medical school long before it was considered normal for women to do so and who dedicated her life to the vulnerable babies and children living in poverty in New York CityHell's Kitchen was the name of the neighborhood where she did much of her work in public health Despite the challenges Dr Jo went beyond simply treating patients and tried to come up with big picture ideas that could help this population in the midst of their poverty one of her ideas was to make bottles out of beeswax to help make babies' eye drops saferI really appreciated this story of a woman who was ahead of her time and whose compassion drove her to save so many lives Definitely a great example for girls and boys todayThanks to NetGalley for the review copy