Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Legendary Miss Lena Horne by Carole Boston Weatherford - ADVISABLE


Weatherford, Carole Boston The Legendary Miss Lena Horne, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon. PICTURE BOOK. Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Simon and Schuster), 2017. Content: G. 

Lena Horne was an African American entertainer.  She sang with both big bands and jazz bands, danced on stage, starred in movies and even put her career on hold to help fight for civil rights!  Lena was an important advocate for civil rights.  She refused to perform in movies where she played a maid or a mammy, and saw parts given to white women that she would have been perfect for, except racist opinions and Jim Crow laws prevented the studios from using her talents more.  She sang at civil rights rallies and President Truman’s Inaugural Ball.  Lena Horne helped pave the way for black entertainers today - she did things her way.  

Beautifully illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon, this brief life sketch hits on many of the most important points of her life.  This is a great springboard to a longer biography project or as information for a civil rights project.  Includes a bibliography, further reading suggestions and music and video recommendations.  

EL(K-2), EL ADVISABLE  Lisa Librarian

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