The Legendary Miss Lena Horne

The Legendary Miss Lena Horne

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Celebrate the life of Lena Horne, the pioneering African American actress and civil rights activist, with this inspiring and powerful picture book from award-winning author Carole Boston Weatherford.

You have to be taught to be second class; you're not born that way.

Lena Horne was born into the freedom struggle, to a family of teachers and activists. Her mother dreamed of being an actress, so Lena followed in her footsteps as she chased small parts in vaudeville, living out of a suitcase until MGM offered Lena something more--the first ever studio contract for a black actress.

But the roles she was considered for were maids and mammies, stereotypes that Lena refused to play. Still, she never gave up. "Stormy Weather" became her theme song, and when she sang "This Little Light of Mine" at a civil rights rally, she found not only her voice, but her calling.
Publisher: New York :, Atheneum Books for Young Readers,, 2017, ©2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781481468244
Branch Call Number: J 782. 42092 HOR W
Characteristics: 46 unnumbered pages : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Zunon, Elizabeth - Illustrator

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ArapahoeStaff2 Apr 17, 2017

The illustrations are gorgeous oil paintings and cut paper collages. I thought that the illustrations supported the text really wonderfully, and the text painted a clear picture and understanding of the time. The reason that this picture book got 4 stars from me and not 5 stars is that there is a lot in the text that requires background information of the reader that the text doesn't go into detail about. It gives a broad overview of Lena Horne's life.

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