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Marian Anderson : a great singer
McKissack, Pat, 1944-2017.
Personal Author:
Revised edition.
Publication Information:
Berkeley Heights, NJ : Enslow Publishers, [2001]

Physical Description:
32 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Tells the story of the African-American singer who struggled against prejudice to become one of the great opera performers of the century.
Reading Level:
440 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 3.0 0.5 14576.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.1 2 Quiz: 25568 Guided reading level: L.
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ML3930.A5 M4 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
ML3930.A5 M4 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography

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- Elementary reading-level biographies of inspiring African Americans.
- Will satisfy the need for younger biographies written with simple text.
- These classic biographies have been revised as of 2002.

Author Notes

Patricia C. McKissack was born in Smyrna, Tennessee on August 9, 1944. She received a bachelor's degree in English from Tennessee State University in 1964 and a master's degree in early childhood literature and media programming from Webster University in 1975. After college, she worked as a junior high school English teacher and a children's book editor at Concordia Publishing.

Since the 1980's, she and her husband Frederick L. McKissack have written over 100 books together. Most of their titles are biographies with a strong focus on African-American themes for young readers. Their early 1990s biography series, Great African Americans included volumes on Frederick Douglass, Marian Anderson, and Paul Robeson. Their other works included Black Hands, White Sails: The Story of African-American Whalers and Days of Jubilee: The End of Slavery in the United States. Over their 30 years of writing together, the couple won many awards including the C.S. Lewis Silver Medal, a Newbery Honor, nine Coretta Scott King Author and Honor awards, the Jane Addams Peace Award, and the NAACP Image Award for Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman?. In 1998, they received the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.

She also writes fiction on her own. Her book included Flossie and the Fox, Stitchin' and Pullin': A Gee's Bend Quilt, A Friendship for Today, and Let's Clap, Jump, Sing and Shout; Dance, Spin and Turn It Out! She won the Newberry Honor Book Award and the King Author Award for The Dark Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural in 1993 and the Caldecott Medal for Mirandy and Brother Wind. She dead of cardio-respiratory arrest on April 7, 2017 at the age of 72.

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Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 2-4. These titles are revised editions of volumes from the ongoing Great African Americans series published 10 years ago. In both volumes, the visuals and formats have been much improved. Numerous black-and-white photos now replace the marginal ink drawings in the older volumes, and the layouts are much more inviting. New back matter includes time lines, revised reading lists, and recommended Web sites. The unexceptional text remains largely unchanged from the originals, but these titles offer solid, straightforward biographies of legends whose stories are not often told for such a young audience. --Gillian Engberg

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-- The McKissacks present their subjects in language that is simple, clear, and matter-of-fact. Fictionalizing is kept to a minimum. Incidents of racial bigotry appear as a matter of setting with almost no attempt at explanation or detail. The result is a short, bare-bones biography of each person. These are not extraordinary individuals who transcend the limitations of racism. Instead, they are people of such drive and determination that not even a racially biased society could provide effective obstacles to deter them from their goals. Accuracy, style, and content are consistent throughout; the abundance of exclamatory statements and questionable glossary entries are minor annoyances. Generous black-and-white photos with informative captions and pen-and-ink drawings augment as well as illustrate the texts. --Phyllis Stephens, Rye Free Reading Room, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.