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
I love this book. The story is beautiful and it is written in such a way that it great for many different age groups.Published 1 month ago by Suzette M. Wilson
I read it to a 5th/6th combination class. It was well written and very well received. I loved the book and donated it to the class to be enjoyed later by other future students.Published 3 months ago by Janet Baird
This story along with the wonderful illustrations tells the story of a little black girl that had a wonderful singing voice. Read morePublished 5 months 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 6 months 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 12 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 12 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 on March 3, 2013 by phantom phiddler
This book is a fantastic read for young children being introduced to the white/black segregation issues. Read more