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Mahalia Jackson: Walking with Kings and Queens

By Kyle Jackson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Gorgeous, uplifting picture-book bio of the Queen of Gospel.

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John Holyfield's warm and emotive acrylic paintings effectively pair with Nina Nolan's simple but elegant narration to tell a heartwarming story in a dynamic way. Mahalia's greatest legacy is, of course, her music, which sounds as raw and powerful today as it did a half century ago, when she helped establish a tradition of gospel music that continues to thrive to this day, providing the soundtrack to countless camp meetings and congregations.

This book is a wonderful portrayal of a musical icon and a great way to introduce kids to American roots music. Includes a chronology and online and library resources.

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