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Listen: How Pete Seeger Got America Singing Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-07-01 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:1626722501
LANGUAGE:English

" Great juvenile biography of Pete. Covers the main points beautifully. Lovely illustrations by Raul Colon. " said.

" Just a few months ago, I read and shared Stand Up and Sing!: Pete Seeger, Folk Music & The Path To Justice by Susanna Reich. I enjoyed it thoroughly, and now in the past day, have read this second picture book about whom former President Obama called the "tuning fork" of our time. This book tells the story of Pete's life with each page of text ending in a song or a list of songs that he wrote and sang. There is a brief part of the hardest part of his life when he was blacklisted during the McCarthy era, but he kept singing and kept inspiring people to gather, sing and sing for causes. I had the pleasure of taking my young children to see him one magical evening. He came off the stage and sang to them, and others on the front row. I will never forget it. The book's illustrations are colorful muted paintings in Raul Colón's unique style. Leda Schubert has added extra information in the back matter: a lovely afterword about her relationship with Pete, a timeline, endnotes, recommended books and recordings. It's a terrific addition to books about Pete Seeger." said.

"i interviewed the author of this book on my radio show, on KKUP, today. I mused that it is just as hard to write a biography in picture book form, as in full on adult biography. You have to do the same amount of research, as you would normally, and then you have to cut out all the words that you can so that the story is short enough to be an easy to read picture book.

Do you learn things by reading this? Yes, I did. Do you k now that Pete Seeger was who got people interested in helping to clean up the Hudson River? That until he came along, people just said, oh, there is nothing we can do, and he said, yes there was.

Did you know that during the UnAmerican Activities questioning, in the 1950s, that unlike everyone else pleading the 5th, so that they would not incriminate themselves, he plead the 1st amendment, the freedom of speech. He even offered to sing a song to congress. They turned him down.

The only thing this book is missing is a CD to go along with it, or lyrics, but apparently that would have been prohibitively expensive. But, as the author said, you can always go to YouTube and listen to his music.


Thanks to Gayles Leander Wright, and the publisher for providing this book for an honest review.
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