This title will be released on December 5, 2017.
A stunning picture-book biography of the High Priestess of Soul and one of the greatest voices of the 20th century.
Nina Simone; born Eunice Kathleen Waymon; February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003) was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and activist in the Civil Rights Movement. Simone employed a broad range of musical styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop. Born in North Carolina, the sixth child of a preacher, Waymon aspired to be a concert pianist. With the help of a few supporters in her hometown of Tryon, North Carolina, she enrolled in the Juilliard School of Music in New York. (Cite: Wikipedia)
With evocative black-and-white illustrations and moving prose, readers are introduced to Nina Simone, jazz-music legend and civil-rights activist. Shared as a lullaby to her daughter, a soulful song recounts Simone’s career, the trials she faced as an African American woman, and the stand she took during the Civil Rights Movement. This poignant picture book offers a melodic tale that is both a historic account of an iconic figure and an extraordinary look at how far we’ve come and how far we still need to go for social justice and equality. A timeless and timely message aptly appropriate for today’s social and political climates.
About the Author: Alice Brière-Haquet teaches high school literature and has published several books for children, including ONE Very Big Bear (Abrams) and Zebedee’s Balloon (Auzou). She lives in France.
About the Illustrator: Bruno Liance is an illustrator, dad, and music lover. He has been making art full-time for fifteen years after studying decorative arts in Paris. He lives in France. http://brunoliance.blogspot.com/
About Charlesbridge Publishing: ‘Books for Young Readers’. Charlesbridge Publishing is a Watertown, Massachusetts independent publisher of children’s books for ages 0-14. Charlesbridge first started publishing in 1989 and their very first books were alphabet books on nature. Check out more of their alphabet books, as well as their entire catalog, here on their website.
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