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Children's LiteratureA bright introduction to a shining star, this short biography is one of several in the "Great African American Women" series. Other celebrities such as pop sensation Beyonce and the competitive tennis sisters Venus and Serena Williams join historical figures Rosa Parks and Toni Morrison in this collection. The brief biography of Oprah Winfrey begins by showing young readers where the friendly television host grew up in Kosciusko, Mississippi, including a map and a page of "Mississippi Tidbits." The informative text continues with the story of Oprah's life, including details about her education, career, and lasting impact on many lives. Vivid photographs enliven each page and follow the life of this influential lady. Each page offers facts about her experiences, both positive and negative. Also included are added features for little learners. Public speaking hints are outlined for aspiring orators. New vocabulary is provided in bold print with a glossary at the end of the book. Basic, helpful suggestions about how to begin a book club with friends as Oprah models on her talk show, are also given. Web sites for further research are listed as well. Although the book only has twenty-four pages, it contains an abundance of colorful and insightful information. This biography would make a simple but excellent addition to a unit about famous women or influential African Americans. 2006, Weigl Publishers, Ages 7 to 15.