Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Teach young readers about the power of music

Venture into the Deep South where everything is segregated in the new book by Margaree King Mitchell and James E. Ransome, WHEN GRANDMAMA SINGS.

When Belle's grandmother is asked to go on tour and sing, 8-year-old Belle can't wait to go with her. She's never been anywhere before, just like her Grandmother, so it will be her job to help out Grandmama when she can. However, the trip awakens Belle to how everything is segregated, just like in their hometown of Mississippi. One night, only seventeen people show up to hear Grandmama sing. Another night, Grandmama isn't paid. They also have to fight to get food from a "Whites Only" diner. But Belle loves how Grandmama's voice can bring everyone together. When they get home, they knew everything would work out as Grandmama receives an offer from a record company.

This is a beautiful story that teaches young readers about the time of segregation and the importance of music, mainly how it can bring people together.The artwork by Ransome captures the essence of the era and will remind young readers to shoot for the stars, no matter what obstacle.

Additional Information:
Reading level: Ages 5 and up
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Amistad (January 3, 2012)
ISBN-10: 0688175635
ISBN-13: 978-0688175634
Source of review copy: Publisher
Disclosure: Some of the books I review are received from publishers , PR agencies, and authors, but it does not sway my opinion of the book.

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