Patricia's Vision

The Doctor Who Saved Sight

By Michelle Lord (Author), Alleanna Harris (Illustrator)

Series People Who Shaped Our World


Pub Date 1/7/2020

ISBN 9781454931379

Format Hardcover Picture Book



Patricia's Vision

The Doctor Who Saved Sight

by Michelle Lord, Alleanna Harris
The inspiring story of Dr. Patricia Bath, a groundbreaking ophthalmologist who pioneered laser surgery—and gave her patients the gift of sight.
Born in the 1940s, Patricia Bath dreamed of being an ophthalmologist at a time when becoming a doctor wasn’t a career option for most women—especially African-American women. This empowering biography follows Dr. Bath in her quest to save and restore sight to the blind, and her decision to “choose miracles” when everyone else had given up hope. Along the way, she cofounded the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness, invented a specialized laser for removing cataracts, and became the first African-American woman doctor to receive a medical patent.
"The text begs to be read aloud; the reader will find onomatopoeia, stylish repetition, and short sentences that add a zippy cadence to the story’s rhythm. Harris’s rich illustrations depict important moments in Bath’s life and include interesting details: medical equipment, an eyeball or two, and a schematic of her invention. An inspirational story of a woman who worked hard and never gave up on her dream to rid the world of blindness. A book all children should hear or read."—School Library Journal -

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With three sisters and two daughters, Michelle Lord believes in girl power. She is the author of Sterling’s A Girl Called Genghis Khan, as well as A Song for Cambodia,Little Sap and Monsieur Rodin, and numerous science books. Michelle lives in New Braunfels, TX, with her family.

Alleanna Harris is an illustrator and artist from Willingboro, NJ. She graduated from the University of the Arts in 2015 with a BFA in Animation. Visit her online at and on Instagram @alleannaharris.

Title Details

Pages 48 pages, all in color

Trim 8.5 x 10.8 x 0 Inches

Territories World

Category Science & Nature | History & Biography | Picture Books

Age Range 5 and up

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