What I Had Was Singing

The Story of Marian Anderson

From the Series Trailblazer Biographies

  • Interest Level: Grade 5 - Grade 9   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 6

Even as a little child, Marian Anderson knew what she wanted to do. More than anything in the world, she wanted to sing. From the age of six, Marian amazed her listeners with the beauty of her voice. All through her long life, what Marian Anderson had was a gift for singing. But she had other gifts as well. When she faced discrimination, Marian gave us all the gift of her example. At a time when fear and hatred divided the nation, Marian showed dignity and grace. And at a time in America when racial prejudice denied black Americans a place in classical music, Marian forged a career as the greatest contralto of her time. Marian was famous around the world long before the great Civil Rights struggles of the 1950s. And though she never spoke publicly against discrimination, her action and her beautiful voice spoke louder than words.

Format List Price Your Price Qty
978-0-7613-5837-4
$47.98 $35.99
Interest Level Grade 5 - Grade 9
Reading Level Grade 6
Genre Nonfiction
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Publication Date 2009-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 6.8
BISACS JNF007120, JNF007110, JNF007040
Dewey 782.1'092
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Lexile 970
Guided Reading Level V
ATOS Reading Level 6.5
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 15541
Accelerated Reader® Points 2.0
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Endnote, Index, Reviewed, Source notes, Table of contents, and Teaching Guides

Awards

  • Carter G. Woodson Book Award, Winner, 1994
  • NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, Winner, 1994
  • PLA Top Titles for Adult New Readers, Winner, 1994

Reviews

Booklist

“. . .simply written biography presents the basic facts and humanizing details. . .” —Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“. . .eloquently portrayed. . . With many anecdotes from the singer’s own recollections, meticulously researched, and told in moving but unsentimental prose. . .” —Kirkus Reviews

The Horn Book Guide

“triumphant portrait,” —The Horn Book Guide

Author: Jeri Ferris

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Trailblazer Biographies

Struggling to overcome adversity to accomplish their goals, the men and women featured in these inspiring biographies blazed a trail through history. Fulfills sixth grade social sciences, social studies, and history curriculum needs. View available downloads →