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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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With its beautiful illustrations, this biography is a great way to show students that reading biography/nonfiction books is not always boring. The story in this book is very interesting and one that students would enjoy.
  manemeth | Dec 8, 2014 |
Ryan tells the story of Marian's journey to becoming a successful African American singer during the days of segregation. Everyone wanted to hear Marian sing, but when it was time to apply to music school they wouldn't take her application because she was black. She sang at many performances, but to separate white and black audiences and stayed in black only hotels. Mr. Boghetti worked with Marian, afterwards, she traveled to sing. Still, in the United States, she wasn't allowed to sing at white only places. Finally, President Roosevelt invited her to sing at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where she sang to 75,000 people. Her dream was to sing at the Metropolitan Opera, which came true. Loved this book, very up lifting. ( )
  SRThompson | Nov 19, 2014 |
This is a great picture-book to introduce to students about a significant African American civil rights figure. This book could be incorporated with a video of Marian singing. The illustrations are so vivid and further enrich the book. It would be great to incorporate in discussions about the Civil Rights Era. ( )
  bmsherid | Nov 11, 2014 |
If ever a book cried for multi-modal presentation, this one does. I can see cross-pollinizing across curricular areas including but not limited to: social justice and segregation, vocal technique, childhood dreams, overcoming adversity.
  Desirichter | Jul 3, 2014 |
I had not heard of marian Anderson before this story. It was nice to learn about her. She overcame a lot, and was very talented. This would be a good story for young children to learn how to rise up, and overcome challenges. ( )
  SamanthaMulkey | Apr 24, 2014 |
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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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