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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 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 |
This was a great book. The illustrations were beautiful and the story was inspiring. The reader was able to sympathize with the main character, Marian, and root for her dreams to come true. It is sad to think that there was once a time where people were heavily discriminated against simply because of the color of their skin. Marian had a remarkable and one of a kind voice, and in the beginning of her career she wasn't able to showcase it in certain concert halls because she was not white. "We don't take colored!" is all she heard, and after a while of continually being shutdown, people tend to give up. Marian was different. She knew that this singing was bigger than her..."she had become a symbol to her people and she wanted to make it easier for those who would follow her." Marian's character was inspiring and encouraging and the plot of this story, her journey, was touching and heart-warming. I absolutely loved this book. ( )
  lnativ1 | Mar 7, 2016 |
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 |
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Selznick, BrianIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed

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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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