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 story along with the wonderful illustrations tells the story of a little black girl that had a wonderful singing voice. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Rosa Cline
This book is all about the opera singer Marian Anderson. It tells her story from childhood to finally singing at the Met overcoming the color barrier in the US and achieving... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lisa Tobleman
This book is beautiful and should be more widely available. I gave it to everyone i my daughter's class this year.Published 7 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 7 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 24 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