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Oprah Winfrey : media success story
Saidman, Anne.
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Minneapolis : Lerner Publications Co., [1990]

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55 pages ; 22 cm.
Examines the life of the actress and talk show host, from her childhood on a farm in Mississippi to her achievements in broadcasting and film.
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PN1992.4.W56 S25 1990 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography

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Examines the life of the actress and talk show host, from her childhood on a farm in Mississippi to her achievements in broadcasting and film.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 5-9. From the Contemporary Women Series, Patterson and Wright's biography describes the life of the well-known celebrity from her childhood through her career in radio, television, and movies. The occasionally wordy text digresses at times, giving readers more background than they might have bargained for: a description of 16-year-old Oprah's dramatic reading of a speech by Sojourner Truth includes more than a page about Truth, along with a full-page photograph of the freedom fighter. For the most part, however, the spotlight remains squarely on Winfrey. An admiring but not adulatory biography, illustrated with black-and-white photographs. Gr. 3-5. Saidman's peppier presentation, from the Media Success Story series, is shorter and less detailed. For instance, she mentions (without comment) that Winfrey was raped and sexually abused as a child. Patterson and Wright, on the other hand, discuss her molestation by "male babysitters," noting her frightened silence after the events and describing the talk show during which she revealed her trauma to the public. But Saidman's text is generally livelier than Patterson and Wright's. That, coupled with its lower reading level, abundance of illustrations (black-and-white photographs on nearly every other page), and more colorful cover, will make it the choice of browsers and younger children, as well as those with reading problems. Youngsters seeking more information will choose Patterson and Wright's treatment. Neither book includes a bibliography; only Patterson and Wright have provided an index. ~--Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-- Seven short chapters highlight events that helped Winfrey take charge of her life. Concise, well-organized writing leads readers through her often difficult childhood that included a broken home, sexual abuse, poverty, and overt misbehavior. However, her intelligence, drive, and strict parental support moved her into adulthood with ambition and confidence. Winfrey's contributions to scholarships, her involvement in Big Sister programs, and her ability to reach out to others give this no-nonsense biography a satisfying conclusion. Bland black-and-white photographs are interspersed throughout the text (which lacks any documentation for all this factual information). --Judie Porter, Media Services Center, Portsmouth School Department, RI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.