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Mahalia Jackson, Gospel Singer and Civil Rights Champion


"Beware, for this glimpse into the history and life of Mahalia Jackson could hook kids on history or biography. Jackson's strength of character and unwavering focus should be an inspiration to today's readers."--Helen Hunter, Christian Library Journal.

WINNER! Iparenting Media Award for Excellence.

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WINNER! National Parenting Center 2003 Seal of Approval

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"All children should read as many biographies as possible. This book portrays Mahalia as a real child growing up in poverty in the South. It shows her strength to persevere in her desire to sing only Gospel music. She ends up singing for presidents and for Martin Luther King. Her story is a model for young African-Americans. It is a small hardbound book with large print, a perfect size for this age level. I would recommend the purchase of this book for all elementary libraries."-- Lynn Jones, Howard Elementary, Eugene SD

"Focusing on the early life of gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, the book is written in an engaging style and includes her early experiences growing up in the South... The book is illustrated with black and white drawings and uses a large print format for easier reading."-- Robin Rolfe, M.L. King, Jr. ECEC, Portland Public Schools

"Mahalia moved from poverty to fame and success, singing for royalty, presidents and Martin Luther King Jr., but she did it in her own time, and in her own special way. A wonderfully inspiring story..." --Kids Bookshelf

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"This book takes readers from Mahalia's poor upbringing all the way to her debut as a singer (in the church choir at age 5) to the March on Washington beside Dr. Martin Luther King, to her successful singing career that landed her the title, Queen of Gospel. Her story will thrill and amaze, as she follows her ambition to prove that any dream is reachable!"--Bonnie Bruno, Wonderkorner

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"On Patria Press' website, teachers can download lesson plans and other interesting and helpful ideas for the classroom. This series is a must have to teach children about America's heritage."--Wee Ones Magazine

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