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Title:
Leontyne Price : voice of a century
Author:
Weatherford, Carole Boston, 1956- , author.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Summary:
An introduction to the life and career of the African American opera singer.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 880 Lexile.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780375856068

9780375956065
Format :
Book

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Summary

A stunning picture-book biography of iconic African American opera star Leontyne Price.
 
Born in a small town in Mississippi in 1927, the daughter of a midwife and a sawmill worker, Leontyne Price might have grown up singing the blues. But Leontyne had big dreams--and plenty to be thankful for--as she surrounded herself with church hymns and hallelujahs, soaked up opera arias on the radio, and watched the great Marian Anderson grace the stage. 
           
While racism made it unlikely that a poor black girl from the South would pursue an opera career, Leontyne's wondrous voice and unconquerable spirit prevailed. Bursting through the door Marian had cracked open, Leontyne was soon recognized and celebrated for her leading roles at the Metropolitan Opera and around the world--most notably as the majestic Ethiopian princess in Aida, the part she felt she was born to sing.

From award-winners Carole Boston Weatherford and Raul Col#65533;n comes the story of a little girl from Mississippi who became a beloved star--one whose song soared on the breath of her ancestors and paved the way for those who followed.


Author Notes

Carole Boston Weatherford's picture books have received many literary accolades, including a Caldecott Honor, the Coretta Scott King Award, and an NAACP Image Award. She is also the recipient of the North Carolina Award for Literature. Carole lives in North Carolina and teaches at Fayetteville State University. To learn more about her, visit CBWeatherford.com.
 
Raul Col#65533;n is the illustrator of many award-winning picture books, including As Good as Anybody by Richard Michelson and Do#65533;a Flor and Tom#65533;s and the Library Lady by Pat Mora. His works have received the Pura Belpr#65533; Award, Gold and Silver Medals from the Society of Illustrators, and two Tom#65533;s Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Awards. Raul lives in New York with his wife.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* As the story of Leontyne Price opens, and as the text so affectingly puts it, a black girl born in 1927 Mississippi could expect nothing besides a heap of hard work as a maid, mill worker, or sharecropper. Her song would surely be the blues. But Leontyne heard other music growing up: hymns and praise songs, and encouraging words that told her she was as good as anyone. Seeing Marian Anderson sing raised her hopes higher, and after a musical education at Juilliard, Price went on to play Bess in Porgy and Bess and fulfilled her dream of becoming an opera singer, playing all the great roles. One curious line of text as Price goes off to teacher's college: The concert stage was out of reach for a black singer then, even though a previous spread has her listening to Marian Anderson, who had already sung in places like New York's Town Hall. But this does a beautiful job of capturing the dreams of a young girl who has the talent and willpower to make them come true, and Colón's dappled artwork is an excellent visual accompaniment. Children will get a sense of Price's struggles and triumphs as well as how music can break down barriers.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Weatherford and Colón create a rapturously described, evocatively illustrated account of the life of groundbreaking African-American opera singer Leontyne Price. Her musical path began in the segregated South where, as a child, she was inspired by hymns, opera music on the radio, and the success of Marian Anderson. Price's natural talent eventually led her to Juilliard, theatres, and television. Colón works in subdued blues, browns, and creams, textured with the fine lines that are his trademark. Yet when Price sings, fiery, vibrant shapes represent the music pouring out of her as she appears in Porgy and Bess, Madama Butterfly, and Aida. While Weatherford addresses the barriers Price faced, her love of music and the presence of those who supported her are deeply felt: "The song of her soul soared on the breath of her ancestors." Ages 5-9. Illustrator's agency: Morgan Gaynin. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

Starred Review. Gr 2-5- Weatherford continues to showcase groundbreaking African Americans often overlooked by history books and popular culture. World-famous opera singer Leontyne Price gets her due in this luscious picture book biography. Price's talent and perseverance enabled her to follow in the footsteps of singer Marian Anderson and become a celebrated soprano whose wondrous voice rang through the Metropolitan Opera House in her iconic Aida role and on Broadway as a lead in Porgy and Bess. A true marriage of lyrical text and majestic illustrations, the book shines a much-needed spotlight on an important cultural figure. ColOn's earthy hues establish the tone of Price's early years, set against the backdrop of her humble Mississippi upbringing and a childhood surrounded by supportive parents and gospel music. The watercolor and pencil drawings seem to vibrate off the page, especially in the form of rainbow-colored musical notes that often envelop the work's subject. An author's note includes more information on other singers for whom Price paved the way. While the exact audience for this book is hard to place, the emphasis on the performer's predecessors ("The song of her soul soared on the breath of her ancestors.") and mentions of segregation will tie this title into units on African American history and female pioneers. A gorgeous book in the ranks of the author's I, Matthew Henson: Polar Explorer (Walker, 2007) and Becoming Billie Holliday (Boyds Mills, 2008).-Shelley Diaz, School Library Journal (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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