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Mama Africa!: How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-16 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0374303010
LANGUAGE:English

" Beautiful, moving, sad and deeply inspiring. Miriam Makeba's story is all of those things, and this is a lovely short biography honoring her. I particularly like that the writer is a white woman who lived in South Africa under apartheid and hated it. " said.

" Powerful picture book biography introduces young readers to Miriam Makeba and apartheid South Africa. Absolutely gorgeous illustrations make the reader linger. Poignant and personal author's note. Other backmatter includes suggestions for further reading and listening, a timeline and a glossary. " said.

" Reviewed for Mock Caldecott Awards. I wasn't crazy about the illustrations in this book although they were very colorful. I found the story line fascinating. Miriam Makeba is a young woman who used her natural gift of singing to spread the message to the world regarding apartheid and the injustices it brought to her country. " said.

" I'm not sure how much the history of South Africa and apartheid are taught in middle schools, but this is a needed book for that discussion.A book that shows how determination and a gift can keep the fight going. " said.

" Beautifully illustrated picture book detailing the life of Miriam Makeba, a native South African singer who was later exiled from her country for using her music to make the world aware of the horrors of the apartheid. I had never heard of the singer before, but now I'm so enthralled by her story, her passion and her plight, that I'm going to request some of her CDs soon. " said.

" 12/15/2017 ~~ Miriam Makeba was South African singer who gave voice to many in the anti-apartheid movement. She appeared with Martin Luther King, Jr. in the U.S. and spoke several times in front of the U.N. This stunningly illustrated book explores the ways artists can speak for social change and the costs that activists may have to pay; this book definitely deserves a place in any elementary library. " said.

" I loved the illustrations in this book, they way everything is painted but so life like. I found it interesting the way they portrayed the white class rulings and Makebas efforts to fight racism (white rulings in white text boxes and her actions in black text boxes). I enjoyed this read and actually learned about something I was not fully aware of before. I would definitely recommend this to someone. " said.

" I could almost hear Mama Africa sing as I read this beautifully illustrated picture book. Learning of the author, Kathryn Erskines’s own connection to this brave apartheid activist and singer touched me deeply. Such an important story to be told. And told so vividly and with such heart. Buying a copy for my local library so every child in our community can learn of the heroic journey of Miriam Makeba. " said.

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