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Odetta: The Queen Of Folk

Odetta: The Queen Of Folk

Fall 2010 Non-Fiction
Ages: 7 - 10 yrs.
Author: Stephen Alcorn
ISBN: 978043992182
Hardcover Price: $17.99

Odetta: Queen of Folk is a real-life story that pays tribute to folk singer and Civil Rights activist Odetta Holmes. Odetta's tale unfolds through Stephen Alcorn's reverent poetry. She goes from being "a baby with a birdcage / in her throat" to someone who could do more than just sing- she could "sang". As Alcorn writes, "To sang is to sing / like you need the music / as much / as birds / need sky." The combination of poetry and stunning expressive paintings bring Odetta's struggles and successes to life. An afterword provides further details about Odetta's 54-year musical career, her artistic influences, and the historical context of Birmingham in the 1950s and 60s. This is a recommended book for those interested in music, Civil Rights, or African-American history.

Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2010 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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