When Marian Sang

Ryan, P. M., & Selznick, B. (2002). When Marian sang: the true recital of Marian Anderson : the voice of a century. New York: Scholastic Press.

Marian had loved to sing her entire life. Unfortunately, she never had the same privileges as some because of the color of her skin. Marian became a world-class singer, however she still couldn’t sing at many theaters in the United States because of her color. Finally, she sang in Washington D.C. and she sang and sang.

Genre: Picturebook, Biography

Grades: 5th-6th

Audience: Students, Teachers, Parents

I would give this book a three. Though the pictures were magical and the story true, something about this book bothered me. I think it was the fact that Marian seemed to be martyred, which I tend to dislike.



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