|R-E-S-P-E-C-T : Aretha Franklin, the queen of soul|
Author: Weatherford, Carole Boston
Aretha Franklin was born to sing. The daughter of a pastor and a gospel singer, her musical talent was clear from her earliest days in her father's Detroit church. Aretha sang with a soaring voice that spanned more than three octaves. Her incredible talent and string of hit songs earned her the title "the Queen of Soul." This Queen was a multi-Grammy winner and the first female inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This portrait pays her the R-E-S-P-E-C-T this Queen of Soul deserves.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.00
Points: .5 Quiz: 510648
Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, 2021
Kirkus Reviews (05/15/20)
School Library Journal (+) (08/01/20)
Booklist (+) (08/01/20)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/07/20)
The Hornbook (00/07/20)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 08/01/2020 PreS-Gr 3—Weatherford, using rhyming couplets to explain important words from Aretha Franklin's life (Detroit, groove, proud, and humble) as she chronicles the Queen of Soul's childhood, her rising stardom, and her political activism. Readers who are craving in-depth details about Franklin can turn to the author's note or other sources, but this book is not a meticulous biography. Rather, Weatherford presents a powerful celebration of the legendary singer that offers snapshots of major life events. Morrison's colorful paintings pulse with energy, and every page is dynamic. The interplay between the deceptively simple narrative and Morrison's illustrations is pitch-perfect. For example, the pages for "Detroit" (the family moves from Memphis, TN) and "Strife" (Barbara Franklin leaves the family after her husband's infidelity) mirror each other to powerful effect: The family stands before a large tree to "put down roots" in each spread, but Barbara is absent in the artwork for "Strife." This beautiful picture book biography packs an emotional punch that is as compelling as the timeless songs that Franklin made famous. VERDICT Purchase this luscious, lyrical book for all nonfiction collections.—Jen McConnel, Queen's Univ., Ont. - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.