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Vision of Beauty: The Story of Sarah…

Vision of Beauty: The Story of Sarah Breedlove Walker

by Kathryn Lasky

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Great story of a woman who did things she wasn't supposed to do, ignored restrictive traditions, and became incredibly successful while helping other women do the same thing. Sarah Breedlove Walker created her own hair-strengthening tonics and defied the conventions of advertising, which glorified white women's hair and told black women their hair was "bad." ( )
  mirikayla | Feb 8, 2016 |
A great story on the life of a woman who influenced African American women beauty products. After being born just after slavery was made illegal, Sarah Breedlove did everything everything she could do help her family. Her mother and father's passing led her to make her own decisions and take care of herself. After becoming a widow, Sarah worked as a laundress while being a single mother. She had always been fascinated by how healthy women traveler's hair had been. Sarah started to take an interest in plants and oils to help treat her own damaged hair. Not long after, she created formulas in her own small laboratory and began making hair products. After she married Charles Walker, she was able to open a factory in Pittsburgh where she would sell her products. She enlisted the help of black women of all ages to sell the products door to door. During her life, the Mme. C. J. Walker Company was one of the largest companies in America and Madam Walker was one of the richest women of her time. ( )
  afrught | Jan 15, 2016 |
The author of this biographical book really empowers the reader to imagine what it must have been like to have lived after the civil war. Sarah Walker was born right after slavery was made illegal. Her parents were sharecroppers to their former slave owners. Her parents made it a priority to get their children educated. Sarah's parents died when she was young and she and her siblings had to fend for themselves. Sarah lived a very difficult existence during her young life. Due to malnutrition, her hair began to fall out In order to combat her hair fallout, she created a hair care system that made african american hair grow longer and faster. She created a very successful business that hired women to be representatives that sold the product. Her company became very lucrative. ( )
  magen.rauscher | Apr 11, 2015 |
Lasky's written biography of Madam C.J. Walker is an astonishing piece of work that chronicles Mrs. Walker's struggles and accomplishments. Her innovations in beauty care products had a positive influence on how African American women viewed themselves in terms of beauty. She established her own business called the Mme. C.J. Walkeer Manufacturing Company which sold cosmetic products. Being a business women, especially an African American business woman, was unheard of during this time period. Her contributions have been pivotal in the struggle for not just African Americans but women of all colors to be accepted by a white patriarchal society that made great leaps in order to confine women and other races to meager standards of living. I really appreciated what the illustrator says at the end, " Whether a woman straightens her hair or not, her beauty radiates from within." Those words echo my concept of the qualities of beauty. Beauty is truth. ( )
  hlmusiclover | Oct 27, 2014 |
Vision of Beauty is a beautifully illustrated book that covers a complex range of topics. I would feel comfortable reading this book to children from the age of 3 on up, boys and girls. The story is rooted in the point in time when the Civil war ends and where Reconstruction begins. It then goes into a wonderfully American story about hard work and Mme. Walker’s belief that successful people ought to do what they can to uplift and inspire their fellow man and woman. The author begins with a note explaining that she uses the word “colored”. I appreciated this note. You may feel it is necessary to start a dialog about acceptable an unacceptable words. Another theme in the story is hair. In the African American community “good hair” and “bad hair” are often used to talk about degrees of curliness, softer being “better”. Care is taken throughout the book to disassociate these terms. Mme. Walker did not approve of this characterization of black women having “bad hair”. She wanted all of us women to have healthy hair, be it curly or straight. The controversial nature of this topic even warrants a note from the illustrator on the final page. Nneka Bennett states her personal beliefs that, “Whether a woman straightens her hair or not, her beauty radiates from within.” Adding, “I prefer to see women wear heir hair in its healthiest form—naturally kinky, as I do.” ( )
  AmyNorthMartinez | Jan 28, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763618349, Paperback)

A vision of dignity and freedom and a powerful role model for girls and women of all races

"This impressive picture book will delight young readers as it gives a sense of this remarkable woman and the times in which she lived." — SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review)

"Lasky's engaging account moves smoothly through events in Walker's life. . . . The illustrations . . . are attractive and rich in historical detail." — BOOKLIST (starred review)

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A biography of Sarah Breedlove Walker who, though born in poverty, pioneered in hair and beauty care products for black women, and became a great financial success.

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