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The Legendary Miss Lena Horne

By Kyle Jackson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Solid intro to singer, movie star, civil rights activist.

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This picture book bio is a solid introduction to an important pioneer of black American culture who has long been overlooked in the pantheon of Hollywood's brightest stars. However, it's a bit flat and flavorless. Elizabeth Zunon's stylized, understated oil paint and cut-paper–collage illustrations only occasionally reflect Horne's true radiance, and cramming so many major events and concepts into a picture book ultimately diminishes the narrative, though that may not bother young kids.

Lena Horne is certainly an admirable and inspiring figure for children. The Legendary Miss Lena Horne may be most useful as a way to expose kids to some of Horne's wonderful recordings and onscreen performances. Back matter includes a bibliography and suggestions for further listening to Horne's recordings and viewing of her films.

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