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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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This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of Marian Anderson, the first black female to perform in the New York Opera. From an early age, she showed remarkable talent. The range of her voice was astounding. The youngest in her church choir, he voice resonated clear and strong. When the people of her church pulled resources so that Marian could take voice lessons, their commitment to her ability was not in vain.

Singing at different venues, she longed to perform on the opera stage. In addition, she very much wanted to sing at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. After appearing throughout Europe with great applause and well-deserved accolades, she returned to America where racism, bigotry and radical segregation were in full swing.

Her manager was told that the hall could not be used by Marian because it was previously booked. When a series of other dates were given, still, she was declined. When First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt learned that the DAR (Daughters of American Revolution) was the ruling force of discrimination, she promptly sent a firm letter of resignation.
  Whisper1 | Jan 26, 2016 |
While I like the background story of this and a couple of other things, I over all did not like this book. I really enjoyed the story the book was trying to tell, as it is about this girl of color following her dreams, no matter what prejudge she encountered. I feel like the plot really flowed; a clear examples of this is what the book showed her growing up, in different ages, where as some books just skip from child to adulthood. I also really liked how each scene has a stanza of a song or poem after it, allowing the student to have a break from just the story. A clear example of this is when the author uses a stanza of a song to express the main character eating dinner with her family; the stanza was about breaking bread. I did not like the images though, as they were not that interesting. The images were all in different tones of brown, with made the images very plain and not interesting as the book goes on, even though the images are grand and take up most of the page. The only time she illustrator used a different color was during the Chinese opera show, and even then she barley she any blue, green, or red and tried to blend it in with the brown colors. The main message of this story is that colored women can achieve anything they set their mind to, and to not give into prejudice or racism, as you will always find people that like you. ( )
  taylorsmith11 | Nov 29, 2015 |
When Marian Sang tells the story of the singer Marian Anderson. We learn she was noticed as being an amazing singer at age 8 and performed regularly ever since. With support of her church, Marian took music lessons. Throughout the book and her experiences, she is faced with discrimination. When she travels to Europe, she experiences mixed audiences for the first time. When she returns to the US, she is once again told she can’t perform in white only venues. Now, famous, this draws the attention of many people including First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt. Eventually, Marian is asked to perform at the Lincoln Memorial and then the Opera House. This book is an inspiring account of Marian’s life and a history lesson in discrimination. The pictures are done in muted colors and seem to allude to a spiritual experience. ( )
  elmisner | Jul 22, 2015 |
Amazing biography of Marian Anderson. This book chronicles Marian from a young age in a gospel choir until she is finally living her dream and singing to the world. This book teaches so much more than perseverance, as it also teaches a lesson in civil rights.

Teaching Idea: couple with other civil rights books to teach a lesson on that subject, show videos to go along with book
  aehunter | May 4, 2015 |
I enjoyed this book very much. This book is about Marian, the opera singer who happens to be African American in a time when these people weren't appreciated as much. The illustrations are breath-taking and captures your attention. I would read this book during Black History Month to help students learn more about African Americans who accomplished great things. ( )
  kdufrene | Apr 28, 2015 |
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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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