Harlem's Little Blackbird (Hardcover)

Author: Watson, Renee

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Publisher Random House Childrens Books
Mfg Part# 9780375869730
SKU 228534137
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0375869735
Release Date 10/23/2012
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Dimensions (in Inches) 10.5H x 8.5L x 0.5T
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"Sadly, no recordings of Mills exist. But Watson's charming and evocative biography, carefully pitched to younger readers, and Robinson's energetic, appealing illustrations allow her voice to be heard."
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Editors Note Zora and Langston. Billie and Bessie. Eubie and Duke. If the Harlem Renaissance had a court, they were its kings and queens. But there were other, lesser known individuals whose contributions were just as impactful, such as 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.
Annotation Although there are no recordings of her voice, Florence Mills is lauded as one of the best talents of the early 20th-century. Born to former slaves in Washington, D.C., Florence grew up winning dance competitions and singing beautifully, impressing everyone around her. Moving to New York City and becoming part of the Harlem Renaissance, Florence was also known for her generosity. With bright illustrations.
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Book Format Hardcover
Minimum Age 05
Number of Pages 0040
Publisher Random House Books for Young Readers

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