Nina: Jazz Legend and Civil-Rights Activist Nina Simone

Nina: Jazz Legend and Civil-Rights Activist Nina Simone

A stunning picture-book biography of the High Priestess of Soul and one of the greatest voices of the 20th century. With evocative black-and-white illustrations and moving prose, readers are introduced to Nina Simone, jazz-music legend and civil-rights activist. Shared as a lullaby to her daughter, a soulful song recounts Simone's career, the trials she faced as an African A stunning picture-book biography of the High Priestess of Soul and one of the greatest voices of the 20th century. ...

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Title:Nina: Jazz Legend and Civil-Rights Activist Nina Simone
Author:Alice Brière-Haquet
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:1580898270
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:40 pages pages

Nina: Jazz Legend and Civil-Rights Activist Nina Simone Reviews

  • Alexis
    Apr 09, 2018
    As a musician, a parent, and a huge fan of Nina Simone, I was really excited to read this with my children. Ugh. So disappointed. "The white keys are whole notes" and "in music there is only one rhythm" - um, no. Is this supposed to be poetic? It's inaccurate, sloppy writing. (I haven'...
  • Rosemary
    Nov 20, 2017
    She is a legend in music and civil rights history. Author Alice Brire-Haquet and illustrator Bruno Liance introduce Nina Simone to new audiences with this beautifully written and illustrated book. Written as a story to Simone's daughter, who's having trouble falling asleep, Alice Bri...
  • Donalyn
    Nov 28, 2017
    I wish there was an author's note explaining more about Nina Simone's life. Hard for kids to walk away with a richer understanding of who she was and her contributions. ...
  • Tasha
    Jan 29, 2018
    This picture book is a completely engrossing look at the life of Nina Simone. Done in a way that welcomes even small children to hear her story, the book opens with a greeting and a lullaby. Using piano keys as an allegory for race, the book looks at the keys through the eyes of a youn...
  • Karen
    Dec 27, 2017
    The black and white pictures with their soft edges, their drama, their playful perspectives that are alternately heart-breaking, are what make this book compelling. I wish there was more back matter to make it more a true biography instead of just an impressionistic rendering of a life...
  • Tanya
    Jan 20, 2018
    Powerful. My favorite lines are: ?Music has no color. In music there is only one rhythm. Only one heart.? I love how as a twelve year old, Nina took a stand for black rights. I love how she noticed as a three year old the unfairness is white and black keys on the piano. The...
  • Beth
    Sep 29, 2017
    This book took my breath away and made my hair stand on end. The text is absolutely like nothing I've ever read before in a picture book and the illustrations were equally as powerful as the text. This book will be on my list of go-to picture books to give to Middle and high school tea...
  • Amanda
    Jan 26, 2018
    This frustrated me because I wanted to know SO MUCH more and felt like the author barely dipped into Simone's amazing life. Bumped it up a star for the terrific illustrations. BLARGH. FRUSTRATION. ...
  • Dawn
    Nov 28, 2017
    Nina Simone was a classically trained pianist & vocalist who turned to jazz music when she was unable to make a career as a classical musician due to her race. She used her music as a medium for activism and proved to be an incredibly resilient & talented woman. This beautiful ...
  • Kristen
    May 01, 2018
    I love Nina Simone and was excited to read this with my (12 yo) daughter. But the story felt disjointed, and I couldn?t find a rhythm with the text. We were even confused about whose point of view the story was being told from at first. A high point was the keeping alive the moment o...
  • Brenda Kahn
    Nov 30, 2017
    A biography which is an autobiography framed as a bed-time story. Lyrical and powerful imagery. Gorgeously illustrated. I had high hopes to add this to my picture book biography unit, but lack of backmatter or further details about the subject's life will limit its use for this project...
  • Tina ( As Told By Tina )
    Jan 01, 2018
    This review was originally posted on As Told By TinaI received this book for free from Charlesbridge Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Our Review Nina: Jazz Legend and Civil-Rights Activist Nina Simon...
  • Emily
    Feb 02, 2018
    Art is compelling, the story is interesting, but written in a way that I think would be confusing for a picture book audience. For example, the text makes statements that ultimately the narrator doesn't agree with, but it's not very clear and requires some sophisticated knowledge of st...
  • Heidi
    Nov 19, 2017
    This is a book filled with symbolism and imagery. While that makes for a beautiful book, it also makes it confusing for younger readers, which is why I would recommend this book for older children. It would even make a great addition to units on the Civil Rights movement, that continue...
  • Becki Iverson
    Feb 06, 2018
    I am a HUGE Nina Simone fan and when I learned there was a children's book about her I knew I had to read it. The narrative of this book is a little bit lacking - the ending feels unfinished, and if you don't already know a fair amount about Nina Simone you might be a bit confused - bu...
  • Amy
    Dec 01, 2017
    Beautiful illustrations and important. However, there didn't seem to be enough information for me to consider this a true biography. You really couldn't use this as a source for a biography report on Nina Simone. ...
  • Earl
    Nov 27, 2017
    Framed as a lullaby, this lyrical biography of musician and activist evokes powerful images. I would have appreciated back matter to flesh things out because I did feel it ended abruptly. ...
  • Meredith
    Aug 13, 2018
    Beautiful images, language was lovely, important message. I loved that it wasn't so wordy for young ones. I love reading historical books or biographies to my little Kinders and First graders (also my own kids, a first grader and a 3-year-old) but sometimes they can be heavy on the tex...
  • Jessica Brown
    Mar 21, 2018
    Gorgeous illustrations, beautifully written story about Nina Simone, but I wish it had just a little more info on her in the story itself. ...
  • Stephanie Bange
    Mar 27, 2018
    An intriguing introduction to Nina Simone's life. One night when Nina's baby is having a hard time getting to sleep, she sings a lullaby and tells the story about some of her civil rights activities. I really wanted to like this more. Briere-Haquet's text was originally written in ...
  • Trish
    Feb 15, 2018
    A brief look back at Nina Simone's life, as told to her daughter.It is illustrated in black and white by French illustrator, Bruno Liance. Alice Briere-Haquet, the author, is also French. It is a beautiful book, but I would have appreciated a note with more details about her life. ...
  • Jason Hood
    Dec 07, 2017
    This beautiful biography of Nina Simone weaves an evening lullaby and moments from the Civil Rights movement into a message of hope. With black and white illustrations, seemingly inspired by the keys of a piano, illustrate the systemic nature of racism. ??The white keys are whole n...
  • Lorie
    Mar 21, 2018
    Originally published in France for the French Market, this first U.S. edition picture book biography recounts the life of musician and activist Nina Simone. Written in first person as if Nina herself was recounting her life story to her daughter as a lullaby, we see Nina?s early infl...
  • Christine Irvin
    Mar 14, 2018
    Author Alice Brire-Haquet present the story of Nina Simone, a singer of soul music who made her mark in both music and civil rights. Nina was black, and because of the color of her skin, she lived in a world where she was discriminated against. She was a talented singer who longed to...
  • Annie
    May 24, 2018
    Beautifully written with lovely parallels drawn between Nina Simone's brave action in the civil rights movement and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream. There's lyrical language and a deeply moving message, yet I felt this story was lacking somehow. Perhaps it was the abruptness of the end...
  • Alia
    Jan 06, 2018
    Let me down. Big Time. I wanted much much more. ...
  • Amanda Sanders
    Dec 18, 2017
    "Nina" tells the story of a young musician who stood up for herself during her 12-year-old church performance. Apparently, she went on to become a civil rights activist, but the story does not go into any more detail of her life and there is no section at the back of the book to tell m...
  • Viviane Elbee
    Apr 08, 2018
    This book is based on Nina Simone, jazz legend and activist. The black and white illustrations are sophisticated and incredibly textured. It seems aimed at a somewhat older audience (older preschoolers, elementary students - middle grade), though even older fans of Nina Simone would...
  • Vanessa Dioses
    May 02, 2018
    This book is a biography intended for children 4 to 8 years of age and Nina Simone was recently memorized in an Academy Award nominated documentary for "What happened, Miss Simone?" A summary of the book is about Nina reading to her daughter and recapping her life in a lullaby. I rated...
  • Children's Literature Centre at FSU
    May 05, 2018
    This story immediately drew me in with the vivid black and white portraits and shading on each page. When reading this story, I became entranced by the illustrations. The way that the illustrator creates shadows and shape is breathtaking.The symbolism of the piano representing white an...