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Leontyne Price was born in a small town in Mississippi in 1927. She might have grown up singing the blues or any of the folk songs of the south. . . but she had watched the great Marian Anderson grace the stage and she had soaked up opera arias on the radio. Bursting through the door that Marian had opened, Leontyne was recognized and celebrated for her roles at the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, and around the world. A fantastic addition to a music history or black history study.
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 dreamsand plenty to be thankful foras 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, Leontynes 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 worldmost 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 Colón comes the story of a little girl from Mississippi who became a beloved starone whose song soared on the breath of her ancestors and paved the way for those who followed.
Carole Boston Weatherfords 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 Colón is the illustrator of many award-winning picture books, including As Good as Anybody by Richard Michelson and Doña Flor and Tomás and the Library Lady by Pat Mora. His works have received the Pura Belpré Award, Gold and Silver Medals from the Society of Illustrators, and two Tomás Rivera Mexican American Childrens Book Awards. Raul lives in New York with his wife.
"While Weatherford addresses the barriers Price faced, her love of music and the presence of those who supported her are deeply felt."
Publishers Weekly starred review, October 2014
"A true marriage of lyrical text and majestic illustrations, the book shines a much-needed spotlight on an important cultural figure."
School Library Journal starred review, November 2014
"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 Colóns dappled artwork is an excellent visual accompaniment."
Booklist starred review, November 2014