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Odetta: The Queen of Folk

By Stephen Alcorn   

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780439928182 Hardcover
40 Pages | 10.39" x 11.81" | Ages 7 to 10

She was a beautiful girl who plunged head-first into the world with a song to sing. Born in Birmingham, this child soon learned to make a whole heap of noise on her auntie's piano. Then she discovered her own instrument—a voice full of brass and thunder! And, oh, did she have a song to sing—spirituals, gospels, work songs. She sang joy. She sang sorrow and struggle. She sang triumph. Her songs told stories of America's history. And, with the help of Baby, her guitar, Odetta blazed a musical trail that served as the roadmap for many folksingers who followed in her footsteps. Presented with luminous paintings and a poetic narrative, the life and times of folk music's queen, will leave readers strumming.