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|Voice named Aretha|
Author: Russell-Brown, Katheryn
A picture book biography about the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, and how she fought for and earned respect throughout her life with her unforgettable music career.
Kirkus Reviews (+) (12/01/19)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 11/01/2019 This beautifully illustrated look at the life of the world-renowned Queen of Soul is a sensational introduction for young readers to the artist’s life and body of work. Starting with Franklin’s beginnings as a choir member and soloist at her father’s church in Detroit, Russell-Brown (Little Melba and Her Big Trombone, 2014) highlights how a religious upbringing and ties to the burgeoning American civil rights movement influenced her trajectory as a singer and an icon. While Franklin’s sadness over the loss of her mother is discussed, mention of her depression, drug use, and marital woes are largely avoided. Thankfully, Freeman’s (Hidden Figures, 2018) interpretations of Franklin’s various sartorial ensembles serve to move the story from decade to decade and will be instantly recognizable to fans. An excellent addition to children’s biography collections, pair with Renée Watson's Harlem's Little Blackbird (2012), Patricia Hruby Powell's Josephine (2014), and Andrea Davis Pinkney's Rhythm Ride (2015) for more tales of historical Black musical excellence. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.