Jaxon’s Magical Adventure with Black Inventors and Scientists by Tamara Shiloh
Jaxon's Magical Adventure with Black Inventors and Scientists is an educational book on Black history for children. Jaxon was finding it quite difficult to relax -- and for good reason. In a week’s time, he’d be playing the role of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his fourth grade play. He’d been in rehearsals with his classmates and had learned as much as he could about Dr. King, but Jaxon stuttered sometimes, and he was frightened that he wouldn’t be able to perform as well as he’d like.
While he sat in his room thinking about these things, a strange and unsettling thought occurred to him. What if there were no Black people in the world? The very thought was mind-boggling and made Jaxon feel so confused and upset that he began to jump on his bed to release some of the building anxiety.
His sister heard him calling for his mom and came running in to warn him off the bed-jumping before his mom found out. When Jaxon began to tell Raimy about his upsetting thought, she gasped and made him stop saying it. She knew he had said the magic words ‘just imagine’.
The next morning, Jaxon discovered why she tried to stop him and the results were stunning.
This is an educational book on Black history for children. Jaxon's Magical Adventure with Black Inventors and Scientists, begins a series of books devoted to teaching kids about the contributions Black people have made to American history, technology and culture. In the story, Jaxon’s father shares how unfortunate and sad it is that children aren’t aware of the many contributions Black people have made to the growth of this country. Each of the mini-biographies presented in this book should be mentioned in history and science books, and I hope the series helps to address those omissions.