Leontyne Price: Voice Of A Century by Carole Boston WeatherfordLeontyne Price: Voice Of A Century by Carole Boston Weatherford

Leontyne Price: Voice Of A Century

byCarole Boston WeatherfordIllustratorRaul Colon

Picture Books | December 23, 2014

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A stunning picture-book biography of iconic African American opera star Leontyne Price.
Born in a small town in Mississippi in 1927, the daughter of a midwife and a sawmill worker, Leontyne Price might have grown up singing the blues. But Leontyne had big dreams—and plenty to be thankful for—as she surrounded herself with church hymns and hallelujahs, soaked up opera arias on the radio, and watched the great Marian Anderson grace the stage. 
While racism made it unlikely that a poor black girl from the South would pursue an opera career, Leontyne’s wondrous voice and unconquerable spirit prevailed. Bursting through the door Marian had cracked open, Leontyne was soon recognized and celebrated for her leading roles at the Metropolitan Opera and around the world—most notably as the majestic Ethiopian princess in Aida, the part she felt she was born to sing.

From award-winners Carole Boston Weatherford and Raul Colón comes the story of a little girl from Mississippi who became a beloved star—one whose song soared on the breath of her ancestors and paved the way for those who followed.
Carole Boston Weatherford’s picture books have received many literary accolades, including a Caldecott Honor, the Coretta Scott King Award, and an NAACP Image Award. She is also the recipient of the North Carolina Award for Literature. Carole lives in North Carolina and teaches at Fayetteville State University. To learn more about her,...
Title:Leontyne Price: Voice Of A CenturyFormat:Picture BooksDimensions:40 pages, 11.25 × 8.88 × 0.25 inPublished:December 23, 2014Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0375856064

ISBN - 13:9780375856068


Rated 5 out of 5 by from The voice of an angel This beautiful book is a biography of Leontyne Price, an African American opera star who was born in Laurel, Mississippi in 1927. She was the daughter of a midwife and a sawmill worker. In those times there was little chance for her to raise to international acclaim but her amazing voice caught the attention of the right people that could guide her and help her along to achieve superstar status. Growing up she had big dreams and plenty of be thankful for. Her loving parents surrounded her with church hymns and hallelujahs, and she herself basked in opera arias on the radio and watched the great Marian Anderson grace the stage. She was one of the first African Americans to become a leading artist at the Metropolitan Opera and she became recognized around the world - most notably as the majestic Ethiopian princess in Aida, a part she felt she was destined to sing. This book is inspiring and traces the journey of this young African American women who heroically battles racism and finally lives out her dream of becoming a famous opera star. The illustrations are fluid, featuring a muted colour pallet. The music is shown in brighter colours depicting movement and as a powerful force in Leontyne's life. They web and flow and sweep up the reader into the narrative.
Date published: 2014-12-30

Editorial Reviews

"While Weatherford addresses the barriers Price faced, her love of music and the presence of those who supported her are deeply felt."—Publishers Weekly starred review, October 2014"A true marriage of lyrical text and majestic illustrations, the book shines a much-needed spotlight on an important cultural figure."—School Library Journal starred review, November 2014"This does a beautiful job of capturing the dreams of a young girl who has the talent and willpower to make them come true, and Colón’s dappled artwork is an excellent visual accompaniment." —Booklist starred review, November 2014