Booklist Review
Growing up a tomboy in the late 1800s, the subject of this straightforward and well-paced picture-book biography dreamed of becoming a doctor. After time in private practice, Dr. Baker became a New York City health inspector, a job that took her into the impoverished immigrant neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen, where she witnessed children living without fresh milk or air, becoming accidentally blinded, and dying. She dreamed of changing this and set up milk stations, licensed midwives, and implemented myriad other improvements in the health of children and women. The colored pencil, gouache, and watercolor art here is relatively simple, as are the short declarative sentences, which all together represent the time period well and depict Dr. Baker's story very accessibly. There are some uncited quotes, and it's unclear how the claim that she saved the lives of 90,000 inner-city children across America was quantified, yet the short back matter and source notes successfully support this story, which illuminates Dr. Baker's understanding of the connection between poverty and illness and her important impact.--Andrew Medlar Copyright 2018 Booklist