Strange Fruit

Strange Fruit

Billie Holiday and the Power of A Protest Song

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"Silence. That was the response at Cafe Society the first time Billie Holiday performed a song called "Strange Fruit." In the 1930s, Billie was known as a performer of jazz and blues music, but this song wasn't either of those things. It was a song about injustice, and it would change her life forever. Discover how two outsiders- Billie Holiday, a young black woman raised in poverty, and Abel Meeropol, the son of Jewish immigrants- combined their talents to create a song that challenged racism and paved the way for the civil rights movement."--Inside book cover.
Publisher: Minneapolis :, Millbrook Press,, [2017]
ISBN: 9781467751230
Branch Call Number: j782.42165 GOL
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Riley-Webb, Charlotte - Illustrator


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Dec 18, 2017

I'm glad to finally see children's books dealing with something other than perfect lives. Billie Holiday was a child when she was jailed, and her reality is no less valid than fairy tales or Little House or Captain Underpants. In fact, it is children in unhappy and difficult circumstances that need to see themselves reflected in stories. And children who have secure home lives and stable parents with decent income, might benefit from an appreciation of their privilege, by contrasting what children like Eleanora Fagan had to go through.

This is gorgeous book, and the story is told in a way so that children can understand. Recommend to children and adults.

Funkelizk Jun 10, 2017

I was curious as to how this could be a children's book, but I think the author and illustrator did a masterful job. Like the song, it is meant to hit hard, so it is not for -little- children. Especially recommended for children who are starting to open their eyes to the world, and for adults who ought to know this story too.

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