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Respect : Aretha Franklin, the queen of soul
2020
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A vibrant portrait of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame music artist includes coverage of Franklin’s Grammy-winning achievements and unfailing dedication to civil rights. By the Caldecott Honor-winning author of Voice of Freedom and the Coretta Scott King Award-winning illustrator of Jazzy Miz Mozetta. 50,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook. Illustrations. - (Baker & Taylor)

"Aretha Franklin was born to sing. The daughter of a pastor and a gospel singer, her musical talent was clear from her earliest days in her father's Detroit church. Aretha sang with a soaring voice that spanned more than three octaves. Her incredible talent and string of hit songs earned her the title "the Queen of Soul." This Queen was a multi-Grammy winner and the first female inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And there was even more to Aretha than being a singer, songwriter, and pianist: shewas an activist, too. Her song "Respect" was an anthem for people fighting for civil rights and women's rights. With words that sing and art that shines, this vibrant portrait of Aretha Franklin pays her the R-E-S-P-E-C-T this Queen of Soul deserves"-- - (Baker & Taylor)

Winner of the Coretta Scott King Illustration Award! From a New York Times bestselling author and an acclaimed illustrator comes this vibrant portrait of Aretha Franklin that pays her the R-E-S-P-E-C-T this Queen of Soul deserves.

Aretha Franklin was born to sing. The daughter of a pastor and a gospel singer, her musical talent was clear from her earliest days in her father&;s Detroit church where her soaring voice spanned more than three octaves.

Her string of hit songs earned her the title &;the Queen of Soul,&; multiple Grammy Awards, and a place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. But Aretha didn&;t just raise her voice in song, she also spoke out against injustice and fought for civil rights.

This authoritative, rhythmic, Coretta Scott King Illustration Award&;winning picture book biography will captivate young readers with Aretha&;s inspiring story. - (Simon and Schuster)

Winner of the Coretta Scott King Illustration Award! From a New York Times bestselling author and an acclaimed illustrator comes this vibrant portrait of Aretha Franklin that pays her the R-E-S-P-E-C-T this Queen of Soul deserves.

Aretha Franklin was born to sing. The daughter of a pastor and a gospel singer, her musical talent was clear from her earliest days in her father's Detroit church where her soaring voice spanned more than three octaves.

Her string of hit songs earned her the title 'the Queen of Soul," multiple Grammy Awards, and a place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. But Aretha didn't just raise her voice in song, she also spoke out against injustice and fought for civil rights.

This authoritative, rhythmic, Coretta Scott King Illustration Award'winning picture book biography will captivate young readers with Aretha's inspiring story. - (Simon and Schuster)

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Carole Boston Weatherford has written many award-winning books for children, including Caldecott Honor winners Freedom in Congo SquareVoice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement; and Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom. Her recent books include By and By, The Roots of RapBe a KingHow Sweet the SoundIn Your Hands, and The Legendary Miss Lena Horne. Carole lives in North Carolina. Visit her at CBWeatherford.com.

Frank Morrison is the award-winning illustrator of many books for young readers, including Jazzy Miz Mozetta, winner of the Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award for New Talent; Little Melba and Her Big Trombone, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor book; Muhammad Ali; and How Sweet the Sound. Before becoming a children's book illustrator and fine artist, Morrison toured the globe as a break-dancer. He lives in Georgia with his family. - (Simon and Schuster)

Carole Boston Weatherford has written many award-winning books for children, including Caldecott Honor winners Freedom in Congo Square; Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement; and Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom. Her recent books include By and By, The Roots of Rap, Be a King, How Sweet the Sound, In Your Hands, and The Legendary Miss Lena Horne. Carole lives in North Carolina. Visit her at CBWeatherford.com.

Frank Morrison is the award-winning illustrator of many books for young readers, including Jazzy Miz Mozetta, winner of the Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award for New Talent; Little Melba and Her Big Trombone, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor book; Muhammad Ali; and How Sweet the Sound. Before becoming a children&;s book illustrator and fine artist, Morrison toured the globe as a break-dancer. He lives in Georgia with his family. - (Simon and Schuster)

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Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* The award-winning author-illustrator team of Weatherford and Morrison (The Roots of Rap, 2019) have taken on the life story of the Queen of Soul, and the result is a beautiful work of art. Weatherford employs a minimal, lyrical text of rhyming couplets that is evocative of "Respect," Franklin's signature hit, with spelled-out words like "B-L-E-S-S-E-D" and "G-R-O-O-V-E" heading every spread. Morrison's soulful oil paintings are expressive of the spirituality that enveloped the singer's youth, centered around church. They also convey the turmoil of periods like the civil rights movement, in which Franklin played a part. Her childhood wasn't easy. She moved from Memphis to Detroit, and her mother left the family after her father, a preacher and activist, was unfaithful. But Franklin's powerful voice catapulted her to record deals in her teens and then to chart-topping hits. She became a fixture in the most significant events of her time, with concerts gracing marches for racial equality in the 1960s and Barack Obama's inauguration as the first Black president. Young readers will take away the full arc of Franklin's story, from child prodigy to talented artist to icon, and how it comes full circle, because after all the accolades and influence, in the end, Franklin is a down-to-earth Detroit woman known as Ree-Ree. Grades K-2. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews

This impressionistic picture-book biography of Aretha Franklin (1942-2018) consists of a series of rhyming couplets following the iconic singer through her life. Weatherford employs a clever and resonant device: each poem has a one-word title that is spelled out just as it is in Franklin's most famous song, Respect. So, B-L-E-S-S-E-D introduces a very young Aretha, the pastor's daughter, as she says a little prayer each night; D-E-B-U-T sees the fourteen-year-old cutting her first gospel album; G-R-O-O-V-E shows her rocking R&B; P-R-O-U-D finds her singing at President Barack Obama's inauguration. Naturally, the book culminates in a poem titled R-E-S-P-E-C-T: The Queen of Soul blessed us with a golden legacy. / But she would probably call it, 'the gift that God gave me...' The book's trim size is roughly that of a record album, and illustrator Morrison takes full advantage of its expanse. Rich oil paintings place the singer in a variety of venues, from recording studio to civil rights protest to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The arresting title page, referencing the song Freeway of Love, shows a pink Cadillac about to drop the pedal and go, go, go. Appended with an author's note giving specifics about Franklin's life and with a discography of her biggest hits. Copyright 2021 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews

This impressionistic picture-book biography of Aretha Franklin (1942-2018) consists of a series of rhyming couplets following the iconic singer through her life. Weatherford employs a clever and resonant device: each poem has a one-word title that is spelled out just as it is in Franklin's most famous song, Respect. So, B-L-E-S-S-E-D introduces a very young Aretha, the pastor's daughter, as she says a little prayer each night; D-E-B-U-T sees the fourteen-year-old cutting her first gospel album; G-R-O-O-V-E shows her rocking R&B; P-R-O-U-D finds her singing at President Barack Obama's inauguration. Naturally, the book culminates in a poem titled R-E-S-P-E-C-T: The Queen of Soul blessed us with a golden legacy. / But she would probably call it, 'the gift that God gave me...' The book's trim size is roughly that of a record album, and illustrator Morrison takes full advantage of its expanse. Rich oil paintings place the singer in a variety of venues, from recording studio to civil rights protest to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The arresting title page, referencing the song Freeway of Love, shows a pink Cadillac about to drop the pedal and go, go, go. Appended with an author's note giving specifics about Franklin's life and with a discography of her biggest hits. Copyright 2021 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Horn Book Magazine Reviews

This impressionistic picture-book biography of Aretha Franklin (1942-2018) consists of a series of rhyming couplets following the iconic singer through her life. Weatherford employs a clever and resonant device: each poem has a one-word title that is spelled out just as it is in Franklin's most famous song, "Respect." So, "B-L-E-S-S-E-D" introduces a very young Aretha, the pastor's daughter, as she "says a little prayer each night"; "D-E-B-U-T" sees the fourteen-year-old cutting her first gospel album; "G-R-O-O-V-E" shows her "rocking R&B"; "P-R-O-U-D" finds her singing at President Barack Obama's inauguration. Naturally, the book culminates in a poem titled "R-E-S-P-E-C-T": "The Queen of Soul blessed us with a golden legacy. / But she would probably call it, 'the gift that God gave me...'" The book's trim size is roughly that of a record album, and illustrator Morrison takes full advantage of its expanse. Rich oil paintings place the singer in a variety of venues, from recording studio to civil rights protest to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The arresting title page, referencing the song "Freeway of Love," shows a pink Cadillac about to drop the pedal and go, go, go. Appended with an author's note giving specifics about Franklin's life and with a discography of her biggest hits. Martha V. Parravano July/August 2020 p.159 Copyright 2020 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews

The early beginnings and professional life of the prolific singer and activist are presented in this LP–shaped picture book. The text is presented in rhyming couplets, one per double-page spread, with a spelled-out lead word printed in block letters setting each one up. "B-L-E-S-S-E-D" leads off, and the titular "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" introduces the final couplet. The short stanzas move the book quickly from one point in Franklin's life to the next, hinting kaleidoscopically at who she was and why she was so important. Children with no previous familiarity with the subject will require context from caregivers to understand most points. (A narrative biographical note sums up the main points in the backmatter.) Weatherford acknowledges that Franklin's mother left the family when her preacher father was unfaithful: "Clarence and Barbara Franklin can't seem to agree. / Daddy wasn't faithful, so Mama chose to flee." The spread that includes this information is introduced with "S-T-R-I-F-E," and the illustration is almost identical to one seen earlier symbolically showing the family establishing roots in "D-E-T -R-O-I-T." Though Barbara is missing from the "S-T-R-I-F-E" illustration, Clarence wears the same grin, and the effect is unsettling. Overall, the striking, richly colored, painterly illustrations work well with the text and perform due homage to Franklin, but the story of Franklin's life is left wanting. The oversized, 11 ¼-inch-square trim fittingly accommodates its subject. Read as an ode to Aretha Franklin rather than as a true biography. (discography) (Picture book/biography. 5-8) Copyright Kirkus 2020 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

Publishers Weekly Reviews

Riffing on the memorably sung spelling of Franklin's hit "Respect," each spread of this picture book biography pairs a single word with a rhyming couplet to trace the sweep of Franklin's life: "T-A-L-E-N-T/ Young Aretha's solos soar with artistry./ Her wise father senses his daughter's destiny." Though the rhymes skew pat ("Aretha's crowned as Queen of Soul, our own royalty./ She wins awards and accolades, and more than one degree"), Weatherford presents an overview of key moments in the notable singer's life, particularly her contributions to the civil rights movement. Morrison's rich illustrations use a stylized realism to depict Franklin's trajectory from preacher's daughter to beloved icon, building to the rapt faces of Barack and Michelle Obama watching as Franklin sings at the 2009 U.S. presidential inauguration. Back matter includes a list of Franklin's hit songs and a detailed biography. Ages 4–8. (Aug.)

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School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 3—Weatherford, using rhyming couplets to explain important words from Aretha Franklin's life (Detroit, groove, proud, and humble) as she chronicles the Queen of Soul's childhood, her rising stardom, and her political activism. Readers who are craving in-depth details about Franklin can turn to the author's note or other sources, but this book is not a meticulous biography. Rather, Weatherford presents a powerful celebration of the legendary singer that offers snapshots of major life events. Morrison's colorful paintings pulse with energy, and every page is dynamic. The interplay between the deceptively simple narrative and Morrison's illustrations is pitch-perfect. For example, the pages for "Detroit" (the family moves from Memphis, TN) and "Strife" (Barbara Franklin leaves the family after her husband's infidelity) mirror each other to powerful effect: The family stands before a large tree to "put down roots" in each spread, but Barbara is absent in the artwork for "Strife." This beautiful picture book biography packs an emotional punch that is as compelling as the timeless songs that Franklin made famous. VERDICT Purchase this luscious, lyrical book for all nonfiction collections.—Jen McConnel, Queen's Univ., Ont.

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