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When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson: True Recital of Marian Anderson, the [Hardcover]

By Pam Munoz Ryan (Author) & Brian Selznick (Illustrator)
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Item description for When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson: True Recital of Marian Anderson, the by Pam Munoz Ryan & Brian Selznick...

Introduces Marian Anderson, an extraordinary singer and civil rights activist, who was the first African American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera and whose life and career encouraged social change.

Publishers Description
A harmonious introduction to one of our country's most important singers--as envisioned by two of our industry's most important voices. Wide trade & institutional appeal.
Marian Anderson is best known for her historic concert at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939, which drew an integrated crowd of 75,000 people in pre-Civil Rights America. While this momentous event showcased the uniqueness of her voice, the strength of her character, & the struggles of the times in which she lived, it is only part of her story. Like the operatic arias Marian would come to sing, Ryan's text is as moving as a libretto, & Selznick's pictures as exquisitely detailed & elaborately designed as a stage set. What emerges most profoundly from their shared vision is a role model of courage.

Awards and Recognitions
When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson: True Recital of Marian Anderson, the by Pam Munoz Ryan & Brian Selznick has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • North Carolina Children's Book Award - 2005 Nominee - Junior Book category
  • Bluebonnet Awards - 2004 Nominee - Children's category
  • Black-Eyed Susan Award - 2003-2004 Nominee - Picture Book category
  • James Madison Book - 2003 Honor Book - Children/Young Adult category
  • Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award - 2003 Honor Book - Children's Book category
  • Parents Choice Award (Fall) (1998-2007) - 2002 Winner - Gold category
  • Jefferson Cup - 2003 Notable - Young Adults category
  • Land of Enchantment Book Award - 2006-2007 Nominee - Children's category
  • Orbis Pictus Award - 2003 Winner - Children's Nonfiction category
  • Children's Book Committee Award - 2003 Winner - Nonfiction category
  • Rhode Island Children's Book Awards - 2004 Nominee - Grades 3-6 category
  • Bookseller's Choice - 2003 Winner - Special Subjects category
  • Charlotte Award - 2004 Nominee - Intermediate category
  • Red Clover Award - 2004 Nominee - Picture Book category
  • Monarch Award - 2006 Nominee - Grades K-3 category

Citations And Professional Reviews
When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson: True Recital of Marian Anderson, the by Pam Munoz Ryan & Brian Selznick has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 726
  • Kirkus Review - Children - 09/01/2002 page 1319
  • Publishers Weekly - 10/07/2002 page 73
  • Booksense '76 Childrens Wtr 02 - 11/01/2002 page 1
  • Horn Book Magazine - 11/01/2002 page 780
  • School Library Journal - 11/01/2002 page 147
  • Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks - 12/01/2002 page 172
  • USA Today - 12/04/2002 page 1
  • Booklist - 11/15/2002 page 603
  • Bookpage - 01/01/2003 page 29
  • Christian Home & School - 01/01/2003 page 26
  • Booklist Ed Choice Youth - 01/01/2003 page 799
  • New York Times - 02/09/2003 page 20
  • Booklist - 02/15/2003 page 1083
  • ALA Notable Childrens Books - 03/15/2003 page 1308
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2002 page 180
  • Booklist - 06/01/2003 page 1793
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2003 page 44
  • Booklist - 11/01/2003 page 512
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2003 page 180
  • School Library Journal - 10/01/2004
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 479

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Scholastic Press
Pages   40
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.3" Width: 12.36" Height: 0.42"
Weight:   1.3 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2002
Publisher   Scholastic Press
Grade Level  Multiple Grades  
Age  6-9
ISBN  0439269679  
ISBN13  9780439269674  

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More About Pam Munoz Ryan & Brian Selznick

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Pam Munoz Ryan is the recipient of the NEA's Human and Civil Rights Award and the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for multicultural literature. She has written more than thirty books which have garnered, among countless accolades, the Pura Belpre Medal, the Jane Addams Award, and the Schneider Family Award. Pam lives near San Diego. You can visit her at
In addition to The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick is the illustrator of the Caldecott Honor winner, The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins, and The New York Times Best Illustrated Walt Whitman: Words for America, both by Barbara Kerley, as well as the Sibert Honor Winner When Marian Sang, by Pam Munoz Ryan, and numerous other celebrated picture books and novels. Brian has also worked as a set designer and a puppeteer. When he isn't traveling to promote his work all over the world, he lives in San Diego, California, and Brooklyn, New York.

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Reviews - What do customers think about When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson?

Good things come to they who wait, and wait, and wait...  Mar 24, 2007
This is an ugly book.
Ugly, in the respect of
disrespect for
true talent
in an age of ugliness in America.

The rich skin-toned shades of brown, borderline mono-chromatic
"makes" the book!

The use of italicized musical scores to accentuate certain historical occurances throughout the book merits NOTE.

What a woman.
What a voice.

I have mixed feelings about the uncle super-imposed; but on the otherhand, his making it inabstetia to the concert may have been in some other dimension --
atleast a notation was made of this "tall tale."


Singing for the Soul  Nov 24, 2003
A little black girl named Marian Anderson loved to sing . She would sing to her baby doll everyday. Every Sunday she would go to church and sing with her sister. She and her family were very proud. She grew into her teens and still loved to sing. People say when Marian sang she would sing with her eyes closed ,as finding the music within. As marian sang her heart filled with tragedy and sometimes her songs.
Marian was a full grown adult and Marians parents past away She was sad but still sang.

She went to a music school and she patiently in line for an application. The girl behind the counter helped everyone else but Marian. The lady didn't let her have an application because she was colored. She grew older and married a fine man who respected her singing. She went to a master singer and he loved her singing so she sang and sang till the end of her days.

The Best Book  Nov 17, 2003
This book is undoubtedly one of the best books that I have ever read for my class. It teaches people, both young and old, a little piece of our American history including the Great Depression and segregation. With it, the tandum of Ryan and Selznick provide a general overview of history realia. Overall, this piece is a great resources to read for all people.
One of my favorites for my own classroom!  Jul 12, 2003
When this book first came out, I was ecstatic that someone took the time to make the life of Marian Anderson accessible to children. Too often classical singers of the Civil Rights era are overlooked and forgotten. The combination of the gorgeous illustrations and lovely text make this book exceptional. Although not the easiest book for children to read on their own, as a read-aloud in a classroom setting, it can make an incredible impact. It is an excellent book to incite discussion on many subjects and it truly inspires children to pursue their dreams despite the troubles they may face.
The timeless lyrics interwoven within the story comment wonderfully on Marian's life and the perseverance with which she dealt with her struggles. The beauty of this book is that it focuses on the accomplishments of her life and the overcoming of disappointments, not the actual disappointments themselves. This lack of sensationalism gives the book dignity. This is definitely one book that I will treasure and hope to share many times over with students in my own classroom.
Singing for the Soul  Jun 23, 2003
WHEN MARIAN SANG beautifully depicts the life of Marian Anderson, a wonderful singer who broke racial barriers to become one of the most world-renowned performers. The story tells of her humble upbringing in Philadelphia and the support she garnered from her family, her church, and her community. It also tells of the discrimination that Marian faced when trying to learn music and later when she attempted to perform. Yet, Marian persevered. She went to Europe where she received so much attention and acclaim that it was said the people suffered from "Marian Fever." She later returned to the United States, and fought prejudices and discrimination by performing at the Lincoln Memorial. She was finally able to break down racial barriers and perform at the Metropolitan Opera. At last, Marian felt free to sing.

WHEN MARIAN SANG is an inspirational and educational biography of a great performer. The book gives details in a poignant, yet simplistic way that people of all ages will be able to appreciate. The illustrations are truly breathtaking. I enjoyed the fact that verses of songs that Marian sang were intertwined within the text to add depth to the story. I was also impressed with the detailed information about Marian's life and the fact that her discography was included in the back of the book. Pam Munoz Ryan and Brian Selznick have done an excellent job in telling the story of Marian Anderson. I look forward to future works from this dynamic duo.

Reviewed by Latoya Carter-Qawiyy
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