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When Marian Sang (edition 2003)

by Brian Selznick Pam Munoz Ryan

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Title:When Marian Sang
Authors:Brian Selznick Pam Munoz Ryan
Info:Scholastic (2003), Paperback, 40 pages
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Tags:African American Literature

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When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson by Pam Munoz Ryan

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The true story of singer, Marian Anderson, from childhood. This fictionalized tale of Marian begins when she is a young girl and goes through her adulthood when she achieved everything she had ever worked for and dreamed of. This wasn't a story that I knew a lot about and I learned a lot from reading it. ( )
  kryoung1 | Mar 11, 2014 |
I really loved this book for so many reasons. I love the artwork,the use of vocabulary so that it is authentic to its time, and the fact that is was about singing. I think it is a great book for young women to show how than can overcome any obstacle if they try and never give up. ( )
  Jordanlaine | Feb 12, 2014 |
When Marian Sang is a wonderful book that descripes the bravery one African American singer must face in the midst of racism. Although she is very talented, she must must face the tribulations of a nation divided by skin color. This book will teach children the importance of following your dreams no matter how much is in your way. You will succeed.
  Laaaron | Dec 10, 2013 |
What a beautiful and inspiring true story of a young African American girl living out her dream to become a singer. Through the ups and down, she did not stop when people told her 'no' or 'you can't sing here', she simply did what she loved to do. ( )
  cansara | Dec 9, 2013 |
When Marian Sang is a story for children four to eight about the great African-American contralto, Marian Anderson. Told simply and illustrated with somber magnificence, the book brings to life the dreams and struggles of a woman whose legacy was as rich as her voice.
  ginamaria14 | Dec 9, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0439269679, Hardcover)

As this skilled duo did with Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride, Pam Muñoz Ryan and Brian Selznick bring to life the story of yet another remarkable American woman, gifted black contralto Marian Anderson.

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

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An introduction to the life of Marian Anderson, extraordinary singer and civil rights activist, who was the first African American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera, whose life and career encouraged social change.

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