When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson

When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson


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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, and 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, and Selznick's pictures as exquisitely detailed and elaborately designed as a stage set. What emerges most profoundly from their shared vision is a role model of courage.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780439269674
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 10/28/2002
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 154,694
Product dimensions: 12.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.42(d)
Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 10 Years

About the Author

Pam Muñoz Ryan is the recipient of the NEA's Human and Civil Rights Award and the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for multicultural literature. She has written more than thirty books which have garnered, among countless accolades, the Pura Belpre Medal, the Jane Addams Award, and the Schneider Family Award. Pam lives near San Diego. You can visit her at www.pammunozryan.com.

In addition to The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick is the illustrator of the Caldecott Honor winner, The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins, and The New York Times Best Illustrated Walt Whitman: Words for America, both by Barbara Kerley, as well as the Sibert Honor Winner When Marian Sang, by Pam Muñoz Ryan, and numerous other celebrated picture books and novels. Brian has also worked as a set designer and a puppeteer. When he isn’t traveling to promote his work all over the world, he lives in San Diego, California, and Brooklyn, New York.

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When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
HeatherSwinford on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for visualizing the importance of the Pre-Civil rights times. The book illustrates the opera singer Marian Anderson during the 1939 concert at the Lincoln Memorial, the concert drew a integrated crowd. This book is a wonderful depiction of how the world was and who Marian Anderson was.
didaly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I chose this book as an introduction to the racism in the history of America for my son, who is white. This book portrays these events realistically but also with beauty and hope present on each page.
creeh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When Marian Sang is a biongraphy of Marian Anderson, an african american vocal prodigy in pre-civil rights America. Marian started from humble beginnings, but soon became a huge part the music industry. she sang for royalty, and the poor. she sang at peace confrences and eventually opera houses. she was extremley famous and her presence brought much happiness worldwide. the book pays special attention to the fact that she seemed to be welcomed with every other nation but america, based solely on her skin color. this discrimination bothered many ppl, and so eleanor roosevelt backed her up. and she was able to sing at the lincoln memorial. this book would benefit young singers in that it may give them hope to strive for the impossible. i would be well used to speak about the pre-civil rights era, or maybe looking into music careers of the past.
sweetiegherkin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When Marian Sang is a beautiful portrayal of the life of African-American singer Marian Anderson. This picture book contains brief episodes highlighting important parts of Marian¿s life along with snippets of spiritual lyrics, all harmoniously combined with stunning sepia illustrations that have an almost photographic quality to their focus. In describing Marian¿s life and career, the book touches upon racial injustices, so it can be used as a teaching tool not only as an individual¿s biography but also as glimpse into an era of segregation. Supplementary materials include author and illustrator notes that expand upon Marian¿s life details, a bibliography of sorts, a timeline of important dates in Marian¿s life, and a selected discography. Overall, this is a remarkable work that makes the reader want to check out that discography to hear Marian sing.
ShellyCBuchanan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic and moving true story of Marian Anderson and the development of her one-day-world-reknowned voice. It is also the story of prejudice and fear, of how Andersen, despite being turned away from schools and instructors and music halls, followed her dream to sing in the most spectacular venues to the largest crowd of people who wanted to hear her sing. This a story of triumph and beauty, one to be shared with people of all ages. Particularly interesting for older readers are the end notes which spell out the research journey of both the author and the illustrator. Each came to the task with fascinating personal stories and personal interest. Also included is a bibliography and discography and a timeline of important events in Marian Anderson's life.
teason on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. When Marian Sang tells the true story of Marian Anderson. The book takes you on a journey from her childhood, where she got her start singing in church, to her performance at the Metropolitan Opera where she made history by being the first African-American invited to perform there. I love the brownish sepia tones that the illustrator used for the color palate of the book. I also liked how lyrics she sang were used to describe the setting of the illustrations. I think this book will help children learn about breaking barriers, like racism, and overcoming obstacles.
mrcmyoung on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Just looking at Brian Selznick's endpapers, you know you're in for something special. An inspiring biography about a gifted singer who broke down barriers of segregation not through direct advocacy, but because people of all races were drawn to her beautiful voice. Selznick illustrations are amazing, showing Marian illuminated by rays of light on almost every page. I wish I could have heard her sing.
laurieleewalsh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great, accessible historical fiction picture book about a strong and brave woman.
bookcat27 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a biography of Marian Anderson, the first black woman to sing at the Metropolitan Opera. It tells us about the prejudice she had to endure, even when it was discovered that she had a special voice. Because of the prejudice of whites against blacks, she was limited to where she could sing and where she could stay in American. When she sang abroad, people loved her because of her great contralto voice, and didn¿t notice the color of her skin. She was finally able to break the color barrier at the Met during the later years of her life, when her voice was past its prime. I live the way Pam Munoz Ryan writes and I was intrigued about her writing children¿s books. I know her more for her young adult stories such as Esperanza Rising. She does a wonderful job. The illustrations are also top notch. How can you go wrong with Brian Selznick. They really evoke the feeling of the time and help propel the story forward. I love the tones he uses to portray Marian.
nbmars on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the early 20th Century, Marion Anderson was one of America's greatest singers, but faced numerous difficulties because of her race. Music schools ignored her applications ("We don't take colored!") and later when she was a professional singer, many venues refused to let her perform in spite of her tremendous success and popularity in Europe. The narrative smoothly integrates these biographical details with lyrics from the gospel songs that Anderson made famous, and the emotion behind the lyrics is expertly captured by Selznick. [As you may know, Selznick is the author and illustrator of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck. Selznick uses similar techniques in this book to "stage" the scenes he draws, including variations on the angle of sight, elaborate detail, and the look of film stills.] One of the highlights of the book is the two-page depiction of Anderson's concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1939. Arranged by Eleanor Roosevelt in reaction to the refusal by the Daughters of the American Revolution to let Anderson sing to an integrated audience in Constitution Hall, the Lincoln Memorial concert drew 75,000 of all colors. [Interestingly, most of the illustrations in the book use only tints of bronze, brown, sepia, and black. Occasionally, a figure is shown in color, such as Marion Anderson when, in 1955, she became the first African-American to perform with the Metropolitan Opera in New York.] The book includes notes by both the author and the illustrator, a timeline and a discography.
cmiller05 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Marian Anderson lived in the early 1900¿s, before racial prejudices were really addressed and no longer legal. She helped to bring about that change through her singing. She had such a great voice that even though she was African-American, certain people took notice of her talent, gave her lessons, and helped her to make her mark on Europe. When arriving home, she was greeted with the same Jim Crow laws as when she left, even though she was famous. She gave a concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to a crowd of both blacks and white, starting the break down of racial segregation.
Mluke04 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a biography because it tells the story of Marian Anderson. It provides a simplified life story about her that draws the reader in. The illustrations add a lot to this book. They are very detailed and help create the setting. When the pictures show Marian singing she always has her eyes closed and that makes the reader wonder why. The text answers this question after a few pages and gives more insight into Marian's personality. Media: Acrylic
ACRain More than 1 year ago
A touching story which should the difficulties of race and history. This book is a great introduction to history and social issues. It would be the perfect starter for discussions of race and social issues in American History. The book is kept lively by the charm used by the author whom penned this story of a girl finding her dream despite obstacles. A truly inspirational book that is a must share for young readers. This book offers a glimpse into the civil rights issue before the movement began. While offering insight to the history of segregation it also offers a glimer of hope amongst the dark subject. The ability of one to work hard and in the end have the dream will truely capture the imagination of young readers.
ShelbyCrum More than 1 year ago
A wonderful story about someone doing something they love with every part of your being. When Marian Sang is a story about a girl singing from the soul and pursing a life in singing no matter what they say. It is a wonderful story and the pictures are just beautiful. This is a story that everyone should read.
Shannett More than 1 year ago
My personal favorite thing about this book besides the illustrations was the way that the author told some parts of the story through song lyrics. This book lets us into the life of a singer, but a singer who was african american and lived in the Great Depression. I would recommend this book to older children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago