Listen: How Pete Seeger Got America Singing Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-11 
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Schubert’s narrative of Seeger’s life is so lyrical and poetic–it is a song accompanied by beautifully textured, light illustrations that bring the biography to life. I can tell that Schubert is a fan of Seeger because she told his story with gentleness and love honoring a man that is truly an American hero.

The more I read about Pete Seeger, the more I am intrigued. I have heard about Pete Seeger my whole life, but it wasn’t until I read Stand Up and Sing by Susanna Reich that I truly learned about HIM outside of just knowing his music. I truly wish that Pete Seeger was still around to help us in our current time. His story has shown me that one person can make a difference, that good can win and be honored, and that music can bring people together. I loved learning even more about Seeger through Schubert’s picture book.
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Hello, friends! Our book today is Listen: How Pete Seeger Got America Singing, written by Leda Schubert and illustrated by Raúl Colón, the story of the noted folk singer and activist.

There never was anybody quite like Pete. From his earliest days of performing, he wanted his music to say something. He wanted it to make people think, talk, interact, and especially sing. He sang old songs and new ones, and songs he made up. He used his music to try to help people and the environment, and to protest injustice and discrimination. Sometimes Pete faced hardships, dismissive attitudes, and even hatred for his music, but he never let it get him down. Pete just wanted the whole world to sing… and to listen.

This was a very nicely done biography of Pete Seeger for children. Focusing both on the history and general philosophy of his music, it does a good job of painting the picture of a simple man who just wanted to sing and make the world a better place, preferably at the same time. And while the detour into Seeger’s legal problems with McCarthyism might be a little over many bookworm’s heads, the story does a good job of making Seeger’s biography accessible and moving. The art is lovely, using detailed illustrations and a folk-art palette to set the mood. The length was a bit long for tiny bookworms, but JJ did fine with it, and we both liked it overall. A great book to celebrate a legend of American folk music, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved!

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by a representative of the author in exchange for an honest review.)

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My third-grade students loved this biography of Pete Seeger. While many of them were familiar with his songs, they didn't know the story of his life or the impact he had on American civic engagement.

My students loved hearing how Leda Schubert was impacted by Pete Seeger's music in the author's note. They also couldn't help but sing along when Schubert mentioned the names of songs they knew!

The main takeaways from this picture book include the power of standing together, the importance of speaking up, and the magic of stopping to listen. This is a great addition to any classroom biography section.
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" Great juvenile biography of Pete. Covers the main points beautifully. Lovely illustrations by Raul Colon. " said.

" An admiring, affectionately written introduction to Seeger. " said.

" Better than the last book I read about Pete Seeger, but not by much. I enjoyed the illustrations, even if yet another artist can't draw Pete's 5-string banjo very well. " said.

" A biography of Pete Seeger and how he helped people take action in their neighborhoods for justice and equality. His songs will make people listen and take notice for years to come. The illustrations certainly added an authentic note to the various time periods and settings. " said.

" A beautifully written biography on singer Pete Seeger. Kids probably won't pick this one up on their own but if a parent or grandparent who is a fan introduces them, I think they will learn a lot about the singer and about American history. Excellent back matter. " said.

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