Grandpa Stops a War: A Paul Robeson Story

Grandpa Stops a War: A Paul Robeson Story

Grandpa Stops a War: A Paul Robeson Story

Grandpa Stops a War: A Paul Robeson Story


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"It takes a man of peace to stop a war."

The true story of Paul Robeson's visit to the front lines of the Spanish Civil War is a tale of courage and activism told by his granddaughter, Susan Robeson. Grandpa Paul was a world-famous actor and singer with a deep and rumbling voice, a man of peace and principle who worried about the safety of children and families living in countries at war. He wanted to use his voice to promote social justice all over the world. Though people warned Grandpa Paul that it was too dangerous, he traveled with his friend Captain Fernando to the battlefields of the Spanish Civil War to sing to the soldiers. And then something amazing happened...

With gorgeous illustrations from fine artist Rod Brown, Grandpa Stops a War celebrates Paul Robeson's global activism and towering achievements, and shows readers the power of music in times of discord and war.

An author's note helps readers learn more about the author's personal experience growing up in the Robeson family, and gives parents, teachers, and librarians more in-depth material to expand the reader's understanding of the war and Robeson as a champion of civil rights, global freedom, and world peace.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609808822
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
Publication date: 01/22/2019
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 760,276
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 11.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 610L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 9 Years

About the Author

SUSAN ROBESON grew up in West Harlem and spent many of her early years with her grandparents at their book-filled brownstone home in upper Harlem. She is a longtime documentary film and television producer. Her award-winning work has appeared on PBS, NBC and ABC affiliates, and Channel 4 in the UK, and has shown at the Museum of Modern Art, Lincoln Center, the Brooklyn Museum, and numerous film festivals. Her first book, The Whole World In His Hands: A Pictorial Biography of Paul Robeson, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. She resides in the New York City area where she is an adjunct professor in film and communications and executive director of the Paul Robeson Foundation. This is her first picture book for young readers.

ROD BROWN is a fine artist and the illustrator of We Troubled the Waters and Freedom's a-Callin' Me, both by Ntozake Shange, and From Slave Ship to Freedom Road by Julius Lester, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. His artwork has been featured in museums such as the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City, and on national television on Oprah's OWN Network and the Nickelodeon program The Legacy of Slavery with Linda Ellerbee. He lives with his wife outside Washington, DC.
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