Marian Anderson

From the Series History Maker Biographies

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

True or False? Marian Anderson once received a standing ovation before she even sang her song. True! On January 7, 1955 Marian Anderson was the first black person to sing with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. The audience applauded for five minutes before she could start singing.

Format List Price Your Price Qty
978-0-7613-4002-7
$42.65 $31.99
Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Nonfiction
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Publication Date 2008-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 2.8
Reading Counts! Points 4.0
BISACS JNF007060, JNF007120, JNF007050
Dewey 782.1092
Graphics 1-color illustrations, Full-color illustrations
Lexile 530
Guided Reading Level R
ATOS Reading Level 3.9
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 119387
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Bibliography/further reading, Index, Photo captions, Sidebars, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, and Timeline

Author: Jane Sutcliffe

Jane Sutcliffe was born in Providence, Rhode Island, in the days when library fines were a penny. One of her earliest memories was the weekly trip to the local library with her father. She's loved books ever since. Her childhood was fairly average. In fact, it was so average that all her friends had pretty much the same childhood. They all went to the same school, and attended the same church on Sundays. Their mothers all called them home to supper at the same time. On weekends they visited grandmothers and aunties who spoke a different language when they didn't want the children to understand. To live any differently seemed exciting and exotic to her, so she began to read biographies, just to get a peek at how other people lived day to day, in different times and places. When she was 10 or 11, she spent a whole year reading nothing but biographies. So it wasn't a big surprise when Jane began to write them, too. So far she's written nearly two-dozen biographies as well as other nonfiction books and articles. She loves everything about writing: the research, the sweating over the perfect word or phrase or sentence, the joy in the finished product. But she especially loves the time she spends visiting readers at schools. She lives in rural Connecticut with her husband, Skip, their dog Willy, assorted cows and goats—and lots and lots of books.

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History Maker Biographies

Explore the lives of famous figures found in the core of every history curriculum. Each completely nonfiction book is illustrated with historical photographs and illustrations. Sidebars, a timeline, and entertaining cartoon illustrations further illuminate each subject’s personality. View available downloads →