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Harlem's Little Blackbird - Renée Watson, Christian Robinson
Harlem's Little Blackbird
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Zora and Langston. Billie and Bessie. Eubie and Duke. If the Harlem Renaissance had a court, they were its kings and queens. But there were other, lesser known individuals whose contributions were just as impactful, such as Florence Mills. Born to parents who were former-slaves Florence knew... show more
Zora and Langston. Billie and Bessie. Eubie and Duke. If the Harlem Renaissance had a court, they were its kings and queens. But there were other, lesser known individuals whose contributions were just as impactful, such as Florence Mills. Born to parents who were former-slaves Florence knew early on that she loved to sing. And that people really responded to her sweet, bird-like voice. Her dancing and singing catapulted her all the way to the stages of 1920s Broadway where she inspired songs and even entire plays! Yet with all this success, she knew firsthand how bigotry shaped her world. And when she was offered the role of a lifetime from Ziegfeld himself, she chose to support all-black musicals instead.Fans of When Marian Sang and Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa will jump at the chance to discover another talented performer whose voice transcended and transformed the circumstances society placed on her.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780375869730 (0375869735)
ASIN: 375869735
Pages no: 40
Edition language: English
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kishawhite
kishawhite rated it
4.0 Harlem's Little Blackbird
Beautifully told and illustrated picture book biography about one of not so well known jazz & blues singers of the early 1900s. My daughter, who is 8 and in the second grade, read it on her own and enjoyed it. It touches on the racism of that time, and stresses the importance of standing your ground...
ereksonj
ereksonj rated it
It was great to learn about a lesser-known historical figure in this myth-building picturebook. Like other well-known biographies of American figures, this one focuses on a 'from humble beginnings all the way to the world stage' narrative. When looking at images of Florence Mills on Google Images, ...
Peace, Love & Books
Peace, Love & Books rated it
4.0 Harlem's Little Blackbird
Lovely, affectionate portrait of Harlem Renaissance singer Florence Mills.
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