New children’s book celebrates Black inventor in honor of Black History Month

Jolted through time at the touch of a red button, gifted brothers Pook (10) and Boogee (7) embark on problem-solving quests spurred on by their enthusiasm for science and engineering. The series highlights lesser known yet influential historical figures beginning with accomplished Black inventor Frederick McKinley Jones in The Adventures of Pook and Boogee:  The Boys Meet Mr. Jones.

Jones encourages Pook to pursue his innovative ideas despite fear of failure or lack of recognition.  And Jones should know. A pioneer in mobile refrigeration, he proved in-valuable in World War II as his refrigerated automobiles provided transfer of both food and blood. He also created a snowmobile-like machine to assist doctors’ home visits in wintry conditions. And yet, Jones’ honors largely came posthumously including the National Medal of Technology, awarded by President George H.W. Bush in 1991, making him the first African American to receive the award.

With a humorous glossary written by Boo-gee, new historical figures in each story, and underlying STEM lessons, The Adventures of Pook and Boogee offers educational literature to audiences ages 7-10.  The second book in the series will feature resourceful war hero, Betsy Hagar.

Author and illustrator, Eric R. Anderson is a secondary English teacher in Cowley, WY.  Pook and Boogee are based on his son and nephew as well as his own experiences with his younger brother.

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