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Mahalia Jackson : Walking with Kings and Queens
by Nina Nolan and John Holyfield


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Accompanied by John Holyfield's gorgeous illustrations, debut author Nina Nolan's narrative wonderfully captures the amazing story of how Mahalia Jackson became the Queen of Gospel in this fascinating picture book biography.

Even as a young girl, Mahalia Jackson loved gospel music.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Accompanied by John Holyfield's gorgeous illustrations, debut author Nina Nolan's narrative wonderfully captures the amazing story of how Mahalia Jackson became the Queen of Gospel in this fascinating picture book biography.

Even as a young girl, Mahalia Jackson loved gospel music. Life was difficult for Mahalia growing up, but singing gospel always lifted her spirits and made her feel special. She soon realized that her powerful voice stirred everyone around her, and she wanted to share that with the world. Although she was met with hardships along the way, Mahalia never gave up on her dreams. Mahalia's extraordinary journey eventually took her to the historic March on Washington, where she sang to thousands and inspired them to find their own voices. With a timeline and further reading section, this book is perfect for Common Core.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780060879440
  • ISBN-10: 0060879440
  • Publisher: Amistad Press
  • Publish Date: January 2015
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Biography & Autobiography - Cultural Heritage
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Biography & Autobiography - Music
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > People & Places - United States - African-American

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-10-20
  • Reviewer: Staff

Hailing from New Orleans, Jackson was “born with nothing” but a voice that would carry her from singing in church services and on porch stoops to the March on Washington, where her vocal performance preceded Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Holyfield’s lavish acrylics express Jackson’s vitality as she belts out songs, whether in church or working as a maid. Moments of fear are conveyed with equal power, showing a young Jackson huddled to keep warm in an unwelcoming Chicago cityscape, which are rendered in murky grays and icy blues. After her move to the city, Jackson continues to sing in churches throughout the South, eventually recording a gospel album, becoming a celebrity, and performing at Carnegie Hall at age 38. An uplifting tribute to an artist of uncommon talent and determination. Ages 4–8. (Jan.)

 
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