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

  • 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...
  • Jen
    Feb 21, 2018
    I feel like I was just getting to know Nina Simone when it ended. I wish there was an author's note that fleshed out Nina Simone's activism and music. ...
  • paula
    Dec 06, 2017
    Very much liked the illustrations but I am always left pining when there isn't a photo in the back. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Leontyne
    Feb 20, 2018
    It ended rather quickly. I guess I was expecting more. ...
  • 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...
  • Peacegal
    Feb 01, 2018
    Beautiful book! Stunning illustrations and an inspiring, thought-provoking message. ...
  • Melissa
    Jan 22, 2018
    This is a beautifully illustrated book about Nina Simone, a musician and civil-rights activist. I love how it intertwines the piano vs blacks and whites. Whites are not whole notes, and Blacks are not half notes. Both are needed to make a truly inspired and moving symphony. ...
  • 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...
  • Kate
    Feb 17, 2018
    Beautiful black-and-white illustrations with an important message about standing up to inequality. ...
  • 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. ...
  • Jeimy
    Dec 29, 2017
    This picture book shies away from the most controversial aspects of Simone?s biography but does a great job in portraying why she joined the struggle for civil rights. ...
  • Stephanie Tournas
    Dec 05, 2017
    Spare but affecting. ...
  • 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. ...
  • Rach Arteta
    Oct 22, 2017
    "Ese sueo fue mi sinfona: Negros y Blancos juntos en la gran danza de la vida." ...
  • 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...
  • Angela Massengale
    Feb 05, 2018
    Stunningly beautiful picture book. Brought tears to my eyes. Highly, highly recommended. ...
  • Nicole
    Nov 28, 2017
    The artwork in this book is SUBLIME! I was so entranced by the soft graphite drawings that transition from page to page and add emotional depth to Nina's story. However, the text is sparse and I wish that her work and life were more fleshed out. Nevertheless, this is a beautiful introd...
  • 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...