Reviews for How Sweet the Sound : African-American Songs for Children


Horn Book Guide Reviews 1996
The lyrics of twenty-three African-American songs are illustrated with pastel drawings that depict peaceful scenes with quiet, muted colors. Included are spirituals and traditional songs, as well as more recent compositions by Huddie Ledbetter, James Brown, and Stevie Wonder. The melodies and guitar chords are provided in the back, with a few sentences about each song's origins. Bib., ind. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 1995 October #2
Heavenly tunes are the soulful mainstay of two new fall publications. Crown's This Is My Song! A Collection of Gospel Music for the Family by Vy Higginsen, illus. by Brenda Joysmith, features the scores and lyrics to 30 gospel standards, realistic illustrations and extensive front matter that documents African American gospel ($25, all ages ISBN 0-517-59492-7 Sept.); Wade and Cheryl Hudson's How Sweet the Sound, with atmospheric illustrations by Floyd Cooper, showcases lyrics from gospels and songs that spotlight key periods in African American history, from ``Swing Low, Sweet Chariot'' to James Brown's ``Say it Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud'' (Scholastic, $15.95, ages 3-8 ISBN 0-590-48030-8 Oct.). Copyright 1995 Cahners Business Information.

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School Library Journal Reviews 1995 November
K-Gr 3?A collection of 23 songs complemented by beautifully expressive oil wash on board illustrations. Traditional selections such as ``Kum Ba Ya,'' ``Follow the Drinking Gourd,'' and ``This Little Light of Mine'' appear along with spirituals such as ``Go Down, Moses,'' ``Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,'' and ``Get on Board, Little Children.'' Protest songs, street cries, and popular soul music (James Brown's ``Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud'' and Stevie Wonder's ``Happy Birthday'') round out the anthology. A brief history of each song and composer, when known, as well as the musical scores, are appended. Cooper's distinguished artwork has a soft-focused, dreamlike quality. An appealing invitation to ``Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing.''?Barbara Osborne Williams, Queens Borough Public Library, Jamaica, NY

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