Sunday, March 16, 2008

Nonfiction Monday: When Marian Sang

When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson from Live Oak Media is an example of a marvelous nonfiction book that comes completely to life as an audiobook readalong. Gail Nelson’s narration is the perfect accompaniment to Pam Munoz Ryan’s carefully researched writing and Brian Selznick’s evocative illustrations. But the crowning touch is the inclusion of recordings of Anderson’s actual performance of the songs & lyrics included in the book, along with an atmospheric soundscape that sets the stage. A treat for the eyes and ears of all ages. Listen to a clip here. Inspired to use this title in your library or classroom? Check out the wonderful activities, including a Reader’s Theater script, on Pam Munoz Ryan’s website.
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