Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Teach young readers about the power of music
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.
Reading level: Ages 5 and up
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Amistad (January 3, 2012)
Source of review copy: Publisher