Odetta by Stephen Alcorn
The Queen of Folk

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A picture book that shines light on the indomitable life of one of the most influential American folksingers in the history of our country.

In the spirit of WHEN MARIAN SANG, this book introduces young readers to Odetta, an American folk legend. Lyrical text and striking paintings tell the story of the incredible singer whose life and works inspired such icons as Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Tracy Chapman. The book comes from the author's long and fruitful artistic relationship with Odetta and is based on personal dialogues he had with her before her death in December 2008.

About Stephen Alcorn

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Stephen Alcorn Stephen Alcorn is the illustrator of many award-winning books for young people, including the Coretta Scott King Honor book LET IT SHINE: STORIES OF BLACK FREEDOM FIGHTERS by Andrea D. Pinkney; THE YEAR OF THE PAPER MENORAHS by Doreen Rappaport; FREDERICK DOUGLASS, IN HIS OWN WORDS and LINCOLN, IN HIS OWN WORDS, both edited by Milton Meltzer. In addition, Mr. Alcorn is an acclaimed painter and printmaker whose works hang in private and museum collections throughout the world. He lives in Cambridge, New York.
Published December 1, 2010 by Scholastic Press. 40 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, Children's Books.

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The third-person lines, peppered with incidental rhyme, move from the early years in “Burning Ham”—where her piano-playing so annoyed an aunt that “little Odetta / had no choice but / to shut / the lid / on all / those pretty keys”—to brushes with Jim Crow on a Los Angeles–bound train to an influ...

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