Paul Robeson

Paul Robeson

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by Eloise Greenfield, George Ford
     
 

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An updated and redesigned edition of an award-winning* biography of Paul Robeson, who overcame racial discrimination to become an international entertainer and civil rights activist. Includes a new introduction and afterword by the author, focusing on Robeson’s legacy.See more details below

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An updated and redesigned edition of an award-winning* biography of Paul Robeson, who overcame racial discrimination to become an international entertainer and civil rights activist. Includes a new introduction and afterword by the author, focusing on Robeson’s legacy.

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Children's Literature - Maggie Chase
Bookended at the front and the back with a personal introduction and afterword by the author, this is a succinct, compelling, easy-to-read picture book biography of an amazing man. Paul Robeson was born to parents whose complex lives of struggle and hardship are only hinted at in this account, but his incredible intelligence, multiple talents, and passion for living a deeply meaningful, purposeful life shine through clearly. The astute, curious reader will find plenty here to launch further investigation into this man's life, whether it be to probe into the abuse and racism he suffered, or to research his vocal music and acting roles. Through Greenfield's description, we get a strong sense of Robeson's character, integrity, compassion and willpower—so much contained in one human being, and a powerful role model for all of us. Reviewer: Maggie Chase
School Library Journal

Gr 2-5

The legendary activist, singer, and actor receives a fitting update to Greenfield's stirring 1975 biography (HarperCollins, o.p.). From his father's escape from slavery to Robeson's rise in celebrity and stature, the purposeful text highlights the monumental influences on this man's multifaceted life. Robeson's outcry against racism abroad and his subsequent struggle under McCarthyism reveal the tumultuous conditions during the Civil Rights Movement. Succinct phrases depict the public's faltering opinion of Robeson's controversial beliefs and his perseverance in the face of adversity. Vibrant, monochromatic acrylic illustrations from the original edition use shading and depth to convey tremendous emotion. Powerful movements and vivid expressions enhance the narrative. Against a rich, cream background, fluid lines convey a bold intensity. An updated afterword describes the activist's numerous posthumous accolades, including his Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. This book offers a fully developed portrayal of the man.-Meg Smith, Cumberland County Public Library, Fayetteville, NC

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781600602627
Publisher:
Lee & Low Books, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/2009
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
1,439,292
Product dimensions:
10.25(w) x (h) x 8.50(d)
Lexile:
810L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 Years

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