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Fe del Mundo’s sister dreamt of becoming a doctor—a big dream for a girl in the Philippines in the early 1900s. When her sister dies, young Fe vows to take her place, a promise she carries with her the rest of her life. In 1936 she becomes the first woman and first person of Asian descent to study at Harvard Medical School. When WWII begins in the Pacific, Fe faces a choice: remain in Boston, where she is safe, or return to the Philippines, where she is needed most. Fe follows her vision and returns home to care for the American and British children forced into the internment camp at Santo Tomas. Beautiful color drawings bring to life this gentle and courageous character, her family and her patients. The story of the courageous Dr. Fe del Mundo, recipient of the Elizabeth Blackwell Award for distinguished women “whose life exemplifies outstanding service to humanity,” and the Ramon Magsaysay Award, Asia’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize, will inspire children to pursue science and medicine in the service of humanity.
About the Author
Tammy Yee is a former pediatric nurse who, after exchanging her stethoscope for a paintbrush, has written and/or illustrated more than 36 children’s books. In her spare time she enjoys exploring tide pools, raising monarch butterflies, and sharing her love for science and nature.
"A picture book highlighting the medical and humanitarian accomplishments of Doctor Fe del Mundo. When her sister passed away in the early 1900s in Manila, Philippines, del Mundo vowed to keep her dream of becoming a doctor alive....A lovely and inspiring biography of a benevolent, innovative female Asian doctor."--Summer Edward, Children's Editor, Kirkus Reviews