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The Golden Thread: A Song for Pete Seeger Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-06-25 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0062368257
LANGUAGE:English

"For me it was the cut paper illustrations that really struck me. Nikki McClure created really intricate, beautiful pages using paper and exacto knives. You just want to pour over them. While I appreciated the way the text sounds when read aloud, almost like a song, the text did not always work for me. Some of the rhyming really pushed it and I almost would have preferred a more straightforward biography, especially as I am not as familiar with Pete Seeger.

Thank you to Harper Collins for the advanced galley!
" said.

" Fantastic start to finish. Beautiful illustrations are Caldecott worthy as they wind a golden thread through over three-quarters of a century of Seeger's folk and protest songs. " said.

" What a lovely biography. Pete Seeger's life is the soundtrack to the progressive ideas of the 20th century. It's wonderful that his contributions are being honored and this book is a wonderful introduction to his life. " said.

"I am a fan of McClure's art and she does not disappoint with her cut-paper illustrations. I also love Seeger's music and enjoyed watching a documentary about him a few years ago, so much of this was familiar. This is a good introduction to Seeger for elementary ages although at times the text does not flow as perhaps it should. It would have been good to mention the song, The Golden Thread, in the text, not just as a connection in the art. Also, I am very disappointed that Seeger seemingly gets credit for songs he did not write, only popularized--Goodnight Irene and particularly We Shall Overcome. There has been discussion the past few years about the authors of We Shall Overcome and Meloy ignored this in order for the text and information to work for his audience, while not even acknowledging in a note. " said.

"Every generation has their favorite music. It's a reflection of a particular time and place in which people find themselves. These tunes are not necessarily focused in one specific genre but they do mirror an era. More times often than not the music of one generation carries to the following generations.

As a child or grandchild growing up and hearing the songs of a band or singer played repeatedly, it becomes a part of your lifelong personal musical playlist. Strong memories are created. There are also remarkable musicians whose music is timeless and ingrained in the history of a nation. One of those men was Pete Seeger. The Golden Thread: A Song For Pete Seeger (Balzar & Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, April 17, 2018) written by Colin Meloy with illustrations by Nikki McClure will fill your heart with lingering melodies.


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"'The Golden Thread: A Song for Pete Seeger' by Colin Meloy, illustrated by Nikki McClure, took a bit to get into, owing to the prologue of sorts that took up the first few pages of the story. However, once the main story began, that delved into the biography of Pete Seeger and how his life moved from childhood to marriage to his singing career and more, the pace picked up and the rhymes, much like his songs, were imbued with his passion.

Learning about how he fits into history, from being accused of Communist leanings, to his role in the fight for Civil Rights, it is interesting to learn about Pete Seeger's interest in social causes. The illustrations do a fine job of telling the story of his life, and the timeline at the end of the book helps connect all of the ideas throughout the rest of the story.

A worthwhile and interesting read about one of the more influential songwriters of the 20th century, 'The Golden Thread: A Song for Pete Seeger' weaves the beauty of music with the truth of his life story.

Beth Rodgers, Author of 'Freshman Fourteen' and 'Sweet Fifteen,' Young Adult Novels

*Review originally posted at YABooksCentral.com*
" said.

" 4.5 stars -- What a beautiful book. This is a great message to share with children, and hopefully parents and educators will read the story of Pete Seeger's life aloud. The illustrations are striking and the message is definitely an important one. " said.

"For me it was the cut paper illustrations that really struck me. Nikki McClure created really intricate, beautiful pages using paper and exacto knives. You just want to pour over them. While I appreciated the way the text sounds when read aloud, almost like a song, the text did not always work for me. Some of the rhyming really pushed it and I almost would have preferred a more straightforward biography, especially as I am not as familiar with Pete Seeger.

Thank you to Harper Collins for the advanced galley!
" said.

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