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Harlem's Little Blackbird

By: Renee Watson
illustrated by: Christian Robinson
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, eBook
Imprint: Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780375985379
2012-10-23 - $9.99

From acclaimed author Renee Watson and Caldecott Honor winner Christian Robinson comes the true story of Florence Mills. Born to parents who were former-slaves Florence knew early on that she loved to sing. And that people really responded to her sweet, bird-like voice. Her dancing and singing catapulted her all the way to the stages of 1920s Broadway where she inspired songs and even entire plays! Yet with all this success, she knew firsthand how bigotry shaped her world. And when she was offered the role of a lifetime from Ziegfeld himself, she chose to support all-black musicals instead.

Fans of When Marian Sang and Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa will jump at the chance to discover another talented performer whose voice transcended and transformed the circumstances society placed on her.

A CARTER G. WOODSON ELEMENTARY HONOR BOOK, awarded by the National Council for the Social Studies, 2013.


From the Hardcover edition.