Reviews for Incredible African-American Jazz Musicians

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring
These volumes profile eminent African American figures from various cultural fields. Each icon has his or her own chapter offering basic biographical information, archival photographs (some appear doctored), career highlights, and a timeline. This series is suitable for introductions but not in-depth research. Readers may be distracted by a hodgepodge of graphics and borders. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind. [Review covers these African-American Collective Biographies titles: [cf2]Awesome African-American Rock and Soul Musicians[cf1], [cf2]Incredible African-American Jazz Musicians[cf1], [cf2]Inspring African-American Civil Rights Leaders[cf1], [cf2]Celebrated African-American Novelists[cf1], Extraordinary African-American Poets[cf1], and [cf2]Amazing African-American Actors[cf1].]

Library Media Connection Reviews 2013 May/June
This series is clear, concise and well-written. Each book contains 8-10 biographies with a timeline and chapter notes. Jazz Musicians also contains a discography. The captioned photographs are outstanding. Most books contain quotes with derogatory, but historically accurate, terms. The focus of this collection is rather narrow and the profiles will not suffice if a student is required to read a biography, but as a collection, this series will help students who are studying certain individuals or African-American history. Bibliography. Glossary. Websites. Index. Karen M. Smith, Teen Librarian, Allen Park (Michigan) Public Library. ADDITIONAL SELECTION Copyright 2012 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

School Library Journal Reviews 2012 November

Gr 5-9--These volumes illuminate 8 to 10 notable individuals from various categories. Featured subjects are chosen from various time periods, beginning with earlier figures and working up to the present day. For example, Actors covers Paul Robeson (1898-1976) to Halle Berry (1966). An introductory chapter places the individuals' lives in historical, social, and political context, and then devotes one chapter for each subject. The people profiled range from little known to well known (e.g., Novelists explores the life and work of both Harriet Adams Wilson and Toni Morrison). Each book is attractively laid out and organized. The texts flow well, and color and black-and-white photos are pleasingly reproduced.

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