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When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson

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A harmonious introduction to one of our country's most important singers--as envisioned by two of our industry's most important voices. Wide trade & institutional appeal.

Marian Anderson is best known for her historic concert at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939, which drew an integrated crowd of 75,000 people in pre-Civil Rights America. While this momentous event showcased
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Scholastic Press (first published January 1st 2002)
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(NS) Lisa
Marian loved to sing and she did it very well. This story describes the talents and struggles of a gifted singer, in the times of racial barriers in the 20th century. We follow Marian from her childhood, singing in church, through her rejection to a music school that refused to take her because of her color, to her success despite the challenges of racism and prejudice.
We find that Marian Anderson is best known for her historic concert at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939, which drew an integrated cr
I was so excited to find this book after falling in love with Ryan and Selznick's other book Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride Based on a True Story "When Marian Sang" did not disappoint!

My book came with a companion cassette recording which I thought was just going to be of Marian's famous Lincoln Memorial performance but was actually a narration of the story. What I liked about this: we got to hear the songs from the book--isn't it neat to KNOW what the songs are supposed to sound like, rather
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Her story is so inspiring! I only wish a CD had accompanied this book so that I could listen to her singing. Brian Selznick's illustrations are beautiful in their shades of brown, especially the gorgeous two-page spreads at the end of the book. Made me want to read more about her. Highly recommended!
“When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson: The Voice of a Century” is a story that describes the struggles a gifted singer during the times of racial barriers in the 20th century (Ryan, 2005). Ryan takes us through Marian’s life as a child singing in church, to a young adult that is rejected from a music school because of her color (Ryan, 2005). We watch how Marian overcomes her struggles and fights the racial barriers of her time (Ryan, 2005). Marian Anderson is best known for her ...more
Casey Brock
Reading level: 1-5
Selznick uses an interesting assortment of colors in the illustrations. The use of browns, creams, and occasional color make the time period seem somber and almost dark. There is a dramatic effect that is added in the shading and the faces of the people. Also, the pictures are very large on the page, taking up about ¾ of each page. Then, the text is on the sides of the page, in white space so that it is separated from the rest of the text. Ryan uses a mixture of plain text and
Jennifer Tarr
I did enjoy WHEN MARIAN SANG. I did not know Marian Anderson before reading it and wish, now, I could meet her. The plot and theme were similar to a dozen African-American Athlete stories that have been written or made into television shows and movies. Yet this touched me more—perhaps it was the lyrics that peppered the pages, or the idea that “high art” such as opera, might transcend street violence or prejudice, or the fact that she was accepted internationally before she was accepted at home ...more
Summary: This book is a biography about Marian Anderson. Marian is known for a concert she had on the Lincoln Memorial back in 1939. The biography begins with Marian as a child. She loved to sing and she always was humming while working. Her voice stood out and was so “strong and velvety” that all wanted to hear her sing. The choir director wanted to hear her sing and paired her to sing the low parts of the song. She was then being invited to other churches to sing as well. Marian sang with her ...more
Oct 11, 2008 Lara's rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Parents & children 2nd - 5th grade
Synopsis : An introduction into the life, struggles and accomplishments of one of the world's greatest singers, Marian Anderson. Best known for her historic concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1939, which drew an unprecedented integrated crowd in a pre-Civil Rights America.
Review : Born in 1897, Philadelphia was a segregated community. Children will read about Marian's childhood dream to sing at the Metropolitan Opera. Of course, during this time, there were many obstacles that stood
When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson/ Pam Munoz Ryan/ 2002

Genre: Non-Fiction Picture Book

Format: Book

Summary: Marian Anderson is best known for her historic concert at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939, which drew an integrated crowd of 75,000 people in pre-Civil Rights America. While this momentous event showcased the uniqueness of her voice, the strength of her character, & the struggles of the times in which she lived, it is only part of her story. Like the operatic arias Mari
CH13_Lisa Matthews
When Marian sang is big beautiful picture book biography about the legendary singer Marian Anderson. Marian was a young girl born in 1897 in South Philadelphia growing up in a town where African American people didn’t have the same and equal rights the white people while also dealing with segregation issues. Marian loved to sing and sang at her church and other black function.

Growing up Marian wanted to take her singing to a higher level and go to a singing school but was rejected because of he
1st to 3rd Grade Read aloud
Selznick’s warm paintings create beautiful and dramatic images of Marian Anderson’s life and journey. He uses a rich palette of blacks, browns and whites to depict a historical view of this inspiring, talented singer’s story. Ryan brings the story to light with her text, which is targeted toward primary students as a picture book. Large images and abundant text fill each page leading the audience through the “recital” of Anderson’s rise to acclaim as a renowned African
Charmie McKinney
When Marian Sang by Pam Munuz Ryan and Illustrated by Brian Selnick
I listened to this book on CD. I loved how it opened with opera voices singing. Throughout the book there were singing inserts from songs sung by Marian. This story was about a young girls struggle to sing. Marian had a beautiful voice and started singing at an early age. She got her start at church. There she sung a duet with her friend. Word spread fast about how wonderful Marian’s voice sounded. After her father died, she did
When Marian Sang is a must have and must read book. The illustrations capture the reader's eyes. Marian encourages readers to be faithful and follow their dreams, but to work hard to make those dreams come through. Despite the horrible conditions of her time,, and being an African American young girl, she did not give up. Her dream was to sing, and she sang. I love the small songs added to the book by Pam. The book can be used in art and music.
Amy Olson
When Maria Sang is a touching story of the struggles she faced becoming a singer. This book can be used to introduce students to the struggles of African American's while incorporating american history.
Somehow I missed this when it was published several years ago. The story begins with Marian’s childhood, all the way to her triumph singing at the Lincoln Memorial, with some follow-up of changes that occurred after that. The author and illustrator notes at the back are also of interest, adding more to Marian’s story, and the spark that started both down the path in crafting this book. The story of Marian’s voice is celebrated by interspersing songs she sang throughout her lifetime, and the illu ...more
This book is a interesting book, it talks about Marian and how she experience the life as a black person.
Nice story; inspiring, nice artwork
Independent Reading: 2-4th grade

Selznick captures the attention of possible readers with the dominant image of Marian Anderson singing her signature style with her eyes closed on the cover of Ryan’s book, “When Marian Sang”. He then continues his detailed illustrations that span over one entire page and flows into the next throughout the book. He uses an array of brown, black, and beige tones to give the feeling of the aged time period of Marian’s life. Ryan extended the informative text using c
Tami Roberts
2nd- 5th Grade (Read Aloud/Independent Reading).

The vast illustrations within When Marian Sang, I found very engaging, the details on Marian’s face nicely convey her emotions to the reader. I feel that the choice of the sepia hues by Brian Sleznick give the reader the whole feeling of the time period in which this story takes place. The way Pam Muñoz Ryan intertwined Marian’s song lyrics with her own narrative of Marian Anderson’s story gives the book a very appealing poetic feel. Although lack
Teneka Howland
Grades 2-4

This book would serve as a wonderful way to introduce young readers to the life and times of Mariion Anderson. Ryan does a great job of picking out the highlights of Marion's life in order to create this book. Including snippets of the songs that Marion sang invites the reader to experience some of Marion's deepest turmoils. The illustrator caught the era of this time period with the use of sepia tones in his artwork. It is interesting how Marion always seems to shine in the book. The
James Govednik
A beautiful book, especially in the CD version. Marian Anderson's moving story of overcoming hardship and bigotry is wonderfully told by Pam Munoz Ryan and Brian Selznick. The harshness of the discrimination she experienced is not minimized, but the persistent goodwill in the story overwhelms the negativity. While others were focused on racial divisions, Anderson remained focused on becoming the singer and artist she felt born to be. Ryan takes us from little Marian singing in her kitchen to her ...more
Oct 22, 2009 Janna added it
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The cover of this book caught my attention because it has a woman singing gently with starts in the background and the letters of the title are written in gold. Then the first page in the book does not have a title or copyright information; it is just a picture. It is a beautiful picture all in gold of a stage with fancy details around it and five balconies with tons of seats and a huge chandelier hanging from the ceiling. The next page shows the curtains open with a little girl singing on the s ...more
Crystal Lough
When Marian Sang is a biography written about Marian Anderson. It is an award winner of The Robert F. Sibert Honor and the Maryland Black Eyed Susan Award. This book is targeted towards primary but mostly intermediate children. It is a book about Marian Anderson's life. The book includes her concert on the Lincoln Memorial steps and her impact through the civil rights movement. Her life was very inspirational. She was extremely talented and lived through a hard time when things were not easy for ...more
L13_F Sandra
This is an inspirational biography about Marian Anderson and her struggle to become a professional singer. Marian was born to sing. She had an amazing voice that left people in awe but as an African American, Marian was denied a formal music education. Finally with the help of her friends, she was granted an audition with the famous Giuseppe Boghetti. Before giving her a chance he told her he didn't have room for her, but Marian took a deep breath and sang anyway. He immediately made room for he ...more
Summary: When Marian Sang is a biography of Marian Anderson from the time she was a young girl until she performed her grandest performance with the Metropolitan Opera. This book depicts her monumental performances as well as the set backs she faced growing up in a segregated and discriminatory county. For a young audience, it introduced a world renown singer in a few short yet vivid pages.

Age Range: This story is written as a picture story however I would suggest this for an older audience. Po

Grade/interest level: 3rd-5th
Reading level: 780 Lexile (3.9 reading Level)
Genre: Picture Book
Main Character(s): Marian Anderson
Setting: Nature
Author: Pam Munoz Ryan, illustrated by Brian Selznick
Theme: African American history, Civil Rights, Music and Women’s History

When Marian Sang, is a wonderful book written by Pam Ryan and illustrated by Brian Selznick. This book is an informational book that teaches students about the life and triumphs of Marian Anderson. Miriam was most well known for
Sep 20, 2012 Linda added it
"When Marian Sang" by Pam Munoz Ryan, is an enlightening and moving story about a young girl with an amazing gift that cannot be silenced despite the racial climate at that time.
Marian Anderson was a little girl who was encouraged by both her parents to share her beautiful voice with her church choir and when people heard her sing they could not believe that such an amazing voice was being carried by such a little girl. Her gift gave her the courage to seek professional training but she was tur
Lauren McKinney
This is a fantastic picture book for older readers. Marian Anderson's life story is told through the illustration and the text. The book tells the story of Marian as a child and leads all the way up to historic concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1939, during re-Civil Rights America. The beautiful illustrations also express the emotional and hard journey Marian faced. As a little girl everyone wanted to hear her voice. The book does an excellent job of giving intimate details of her ...more
Many years ago, there was a little girl named Marian Anderson. Everybody loved to hear Marian sing because she had a very beautiful voice. Marian dreamed of being a famous singer and singing at the Metropolitan Opera.
Marian never forgot her dream and pursued it as she grew. However, she faced many obstacles. Marian could not get in to any of the singing schools because she was African American. Marian’s parents and church continued to support her and she was quickly becoming known in her for h
Pam Muñoz Ryan’s When Marian
Sang offers a moving tribute to the life
of Marian Anderson, highly acclaimed
for her beautiful voice. She is best
known for her concert on the steps of
the Lincoln Memorial in 1939, which
drew an integrated crowd of 75,000
people. Anderson’s quiet strength of
character helped break down many social
and cultural barriers in pre–Civil
Rights America. Throughout the text,
Anderson’s feelings of sorrow, elation,
fear, courage, and loneliness are punctuated
by short quotes from the l
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