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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 Muñoz Ryan



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I would use this book as an interactive read-aloud with students in fourth and maybe fifth grade. When read together, the difficulties Marian faced growing up can be discussed as a class. This would be a great opportunity to compare the rights people had back in the early 1900's compared to the rights American citizens have today.
  apecaro01 | Apr 2, 2017 |
Genre: Biography
Age appropriateness:7-10 years
Review: It is a powerful and heartbreaking book.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. The book illustrates her legend, a black women who is one of the best singers at that time but has to endure humiliation. It is a epic story that shows how she use her breathtaking performance to affect the American culture to fight discrimination towards black people.She is absolutely a musician of courage.It brings to Marian's life journey in a way that no lecture ever could. It is also a beautiful marriage of text and illustration.
it is a biography because it is based on the life of real person-Marian Anderson. ( )
  kliu16 | Mar 1, 2017 |
When Marian Sang The True Recital of Marian Anderson The Voice of a Century
By Pam Munoz Ryan illustrated by Brian Selznick
5 stars
A beautifully written and illustrated book. Ryan delivers the facts of Marian Anderson’s life in a way that truly captures the woman’s character and the times that she lived. Selznick’s paintings are detailed, beautiful and as moving as the music. ( )
  msjudy | May 30, 2016 |
This book would be great to use in a civil rights history lesson setting. It is also a good way to teach about overcoming struggles and determination. Even though the book deals with racial prejudice, it handles the subject in way that is delicate and appropriate for younger students. ( )
  CleoButtermann | Apr 29, 2016 |
This book would be good for 3rd/4th grade students. It is a book about following your dreams despite being oppressed. The main character is a girl, so this may be a great book for young girls or even, specifically, young African American girls. Marian, the main character, travels quite a bit, so any students struggling with geography could read and identify the different cities and countries that she visited. Additionally, this book touches on segregation. It could be good for highlighting different ways that segregation was prevalent in the early 1900's. Lastly, this book has a variety of song titles, opera titles, and lyrics. These are all italicized. Students that need to work on when to italicize, could read this book to help familiarize themselves. ( )
  tsmith18 | Apr 13, 2016 |
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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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