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A Band of Angels by Deborah Hopkinson
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A Band of Angels (edition 2002)

by Deborah Hopkinson, Raul Colon (Illustrator)

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"A Band of Angels" retells the story of the Jubilee Singer from the perspective of Ella. The story is told through Aunt Beth who is relaying the story to her niece who is curious about her families history. The book teaches about overcoming injustice with community and music. It would be a great book to read in history as a case study in gospel music and slavery in the United States. ( )
  abruser | Apr 26, 2012 |
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  EmilySansovich | Apr 25, 2014 |
This is a good book. She is learning about the dreams and history of her family. I would share this story with students from 4th grade and up. It is a good cultural story. ( )
  SamanthaMulkey | Apr 24, 2014 |
A Band of Angels is written in the perspective of a great granddaughter of Ella Sheppard. This book is about the struggles that Ella faced in being apart of the Jubilee Singers at the first school created for freed slaves. This is a great historical fiction book to share with students, and I recommend it to grades K and up. ( )
  aloupe | Apr 21, 2014 |
The story of a young african american woman ella sheppard who wanted to go to music school during the civil rights movement. She overcame all her obstacles, managed to go and became a famous singer ( )
  Jordanlaine | Feb 27, 2014 |
A young girl learns the story great great grandmother by her aunt. She learns of her grandmother trying to get into school and how she tried to raise money for the school with the Jubilee Singers.

This story is a great representation of cultural history. I really enjoyed the fact it also incorporates musical history, as music is often an important part of one's culture. I would use this story with students of all ages because it shows how a little bit of faith and determination can go a long way. It is a great way to discuss culture and history, as well. ( )
  breksarah | Feb 26, 2014 |
Genre: Fiction
Audience: 2nd-5th grade
Multicultural
This is a great book ( )
  ShantiR | Feb 6, 2014 |
An interesting book about a band who are African Americans and who thus would have been treated unfairly by the White majority. A band of Angels stood out to me because the band was important because they sang songs, some of which are Christian to many people and I am pretty sure they were pretty popular at the time and successful in their singing. I actually ended up watching and listening to a few on YouTube. The protagonist of this story is a girl whose grandmother is a very talented singer. The girl is inspired at the end of the story to be a Jubilee singer like her grandmother who ended up singing in the White house and Europe. ( )
  sabdelaz | Jan 30, 2014 |
A young girl is told a story of her great great grandmother, Ella Shepard, by her aunt Beth. She listens intently as she learns of her grandmother's perseverance and hope to first attend school, and then to raise money for her school with the Jubilee Singers. This is a great story of acceptance of one's history, a story to learn of a time in musical history, and a wonderful story to teach students that with determination they can accomplish anything. ( )
  AleciaDesselle | Jan 30, 2014 |
This book draws out altruism and perseverance for kids to see how a few people gave up the their aspirations so that we can dream. ( )
  ktankers | Sep 2, 2013 |
Excellent art, romanitcized storyline. A nice bedtime story with pictures to keep the adult interested loosly based on the Fisk University Jubilee Singers. ( )
  Romis78 | Sep 13, 2012 |
This fiction book is based on true events of Ella Sheppard Moore and the Jubilee Singers. Ella was born into slavery, but freed at age 14. She attended Fisk School in Nashville, one of the few schools opened to freed slaves. The school needed money and was facing closure, until Ella and the Jubilee Singers came along. ( )
  kris0812 | Jul 17, 2012 |
"A Band of Angels" retells the story of the Jubilee Singer from the perspective of Ella. The story is told through Aunt Beth who is relaying the story to her niece who is curious about her families history. The book teaches about overcoming injustice with community and music. It would be a great book to read in history as a case study in gospel music and slavery in the United States. ( )
  abruser | Apr 26, 2012 |
This book shows how by peseverence on behalf of the students and the teacher to raise money for a school they reached their goal by going outto different places to sing. ( )
  Sago | Dec 3, 2009 |
I would read this book to any age group. I would use it to teach about perseverence and faith. These singers believed that they could achieve their goal and they never gave up until that happened. You could also use this book when teaching about civil rights and the hardships that african americans faced. ( )
  jamieh | Sep 29, 2009 |
The main character continues to visualize throughout the book as she reminisces of her heritage.
  teachluvsbooks | Jul 14, 2008 |
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