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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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Picture book biography of Marian Anderson.
Lovely illustrations supplement the story of Marian Anderson who was a talented African American singer in the early 20th century. This text provides ample opportunities for readers to explore the issue of segregation and equality from multiple perspectives - including the difference between how she was treated in Europe vs. the United States. I love the symmetry of her first major performance in the US taking place at the Lincoln Memorial - this is a wonderful opportunity to help students make connections between the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln and the Post Reconstruction discrimination. This book highlights that all people are given certain talents and abilities and it is not limited to only a subset of the population. I would use this to encourage students to explore their talents and those of their classmates. Can also be used as an entry point to discussing the impact that fine arts has on changing societies opinion about certain issues, such as segregation and equality.

Marian Anderson is best known for her historic concert at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939, which drew an integrated crowd of 75,000 people in pre-Civil Rights America. While this momentous event showcased the uniqueness of her voice, the strength of her character, & the struggles of the times in which she lived. ( )
  zsvandyk | Mar 12, 2015 |
In my opinion this is a great book for children as it tells the true story of Marian Anderson, a legendary singer. I enjoyed this story because of the pace and conflict of the plot. I also enjoyed that it pushed readers to think about tough issues such as prejudice. The plot begins with Marian singing and wanting to become professional, however, her race is standing in the way of being accepted into an all-white signing school. This conflict is resolved when Marian sings for Giuseppe Boghetti and is allowed to take voice lessons. The book pushes readers to think of tough issues once Marian eventually becomes famous but refuses to sing in all-white places in Washington DC. This pushes young readers to think and discuss what prejudice is and how Marian overcame such prejudice. The big message of this story is to persevere and use your power to push for a positive change as Marian did once she became successful. ( )
  lhanso1 | Mar 11, 2015 |
This is a biography about Marian Anderson, one of the world's greatest singers. The story begins with Marian singing as a child and her growing desire to learn to sing professionally. It follows her being denied to take singing lessons from an all-white school and finding other ways to keep singing. Eventually Marian sings in front Giuseppe Boghetti and is allowed to take voice lessons. Marian soon becomes in high demand and her singing becomes famous around the world. Her denial to sing in all-white places in Washington DC becomes a civil rights case. Now Marian's singing is about more than just her love of music, but of civil rights. After years of fame, Marian is finally able to debut on an opera stage, her dream from when she was a little girl. ( )
  kvelin | Mar 10, 2015 |
Marian Anderson is best known for her historic concert at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939, which drew an integrated crowd of 75,000 people in pre-Civil Rights America. While this momentous event showcased the uniqueness of her voice, the strength of her character, & the struggles of the times in which she lived, it is only part of her story. Like the operatic arias Marian would come to sing, Ryan's text is as moving as a libretto, & Selznick's pictures as exquisitely detailed & elaborately designed as a stage set. What emerges most profoundly from their shared vision is a role model of courage.
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  cm37107 | Mar 5, 2015 |
Marian Anderson was a beautiful singer. She worked hard by practicing all the time. She began by singing at her local church, then by the end of the story she was singing in front of the Lincoln Memorial. The books demonstrates the struggle an African American women had to experience at the time while trying to achieve her dreams to become a professional singer. Teaches children that with hard work, they can achieve their goals, no matter who tries to stop you. ( )
  amartino1208 | Feb 26, 2015 |
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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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