Undoubtedly one of America's greatest singers, Anderson was hardly known in her own country because of her race--music schools ignored her applications ("We don't take colored!") and even after she began singing professionally, many venues only featured white performers. Ryan's well-paced story becomes especially poignant as she recounts Anderson's overwhelming success in Europe ("one newspaper in Sweden called it 'Marian Fever' ... In Austria, the world-famous conductor Arturo Toscanini announced that what he had heard, one was privileged to hear only once in a hundred years"). The book reaches its climax with a wordless, deep brown two-page spread from Selznick, a crowd's-eye view of Anderson singing at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939, an historic concert that drew an integrated audience of over 75,000.
Ryan's simple, metered text (punctuated frequently by lyrics) captures the quiet drama of Anderson's story, and kids will especially identify with the confusion and frustration of young Marian. And as with the pair's previous collaboration, Selznick's rich illustrations ably convey the undeniable strength and courage of a talented, determined woman. (Ages 4 to 8) --Paul Hughes
This book is beautiful and should be more widely available. I gave it to everyone i my daughter's class this year.Published 4 months ago by O-mom
Lovely story with lovely pictures. Tried to hold back tears while I read it to my daughter who LOVES the story herself.Published 4 months ago by amazonlover
Marian Anderson's story in this book is told in pictures and then in words.
The illustrations will grab you and haul you in. See for yourself. Read more
I read this book to my 7th grade music appreciation class when we studied Marian Anderson in a unit called "Musicians of Courage". Read morePublished 21 months ago by phantom phiddler
This book is a fantastic read for young children being introduced to the white/black segregation issues. Read more
When Marian sang is an inspiring story of the life, struggles, dreams, perseverance, and success of this woman. Read morePublished on November 25, 2012 by a.gallegos
This book is amazing! The illustrations are very detailed and allow the reader to take a look at what it would be like to live in that time era. Read morePublished on November 24, 2012 by Jessica
Marian Anderson is an American icon that deserves this beautiful biographical tribute for her contribution to music and the advancement of civil rights. Read morePublished on November 24, 2012 by Bookworm Jess
`When Marian Sang' is a historical account of the singing career of Marian Anderson. It is a 2003 Orbus Pictus Award winner, and it is no wonder why. Read morePublished on November 24, 2012 by Jenna