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Stand Up and Sing!

Pete Seeger, Folk Music, and the Path to Justice

Susanna Reich, Adam Gustavson (Illustrator)


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Inspired by the rhythms of American folk music, this moving account of Pete Seeger's life celebrates his legacy, showing kids of every generation that no cause is too small and no obstacle too large if, together, you stand up and sing!

Pete Seeger was born with music in his bones. Coming of age during the Great Depression, Pete saw poverty and adversity that would forever shape his worldview, but it wasn't until he received his first banjo that he found his way to change the world. It was plucking banjo strings and singing folk songs that showed Pete how music had the incredible power to bring people together.

Using this gift throughout his life, Pete encouraged others to rally behind causes that mattered--fighting for Civil Rights, ending the Vietnam War, or cleaning up the Hudson River. For Pete, no challenge was too great, and what started out as a love for music turned into a lifetime of activism and change. His greatest talent--and greatest passion--would become an unforgettable part of American history.

Praise For Stand Up and Sing!: Pete Seeger, Folk Music, and the Path to Justice

"Gustavson’s mixed-media illustrations highlight Seeger’s modest upbringing and down-to-earth persona, pairing lushly illustrated scenes of him traveling and performing with rough, loose sketches . . . An intimate look at a pivotal American figure." - Publisher's Weekly

"The 'We Shall Overcome' songwriter’s legacy spans decades, and this will surely help a new generation understand his fervor and still-relevant message." - Booklist

"Gustavson’s realistic art supports the admiring tone. . . . A solid introduction." - School Library Journal

"Gustavson's naturalistic oil illustrations capture individual band-members' personalities and fans' excitement, complementing the well-orchestrated text." - The Horn Book on FOUR FAB FRIENDS

"A fine recipe for pleasure: Julia Child, the culinary arts, Paris and a lucky cat. Magnifique!" - starred review, Kirkus Reviews on MINETTE'S FEAST

"[A] feast for the senses." - starred review, SLJ on MINETTE'S FEAST

"A delectable banquet that charts Julia Child's culinary progress through the eyes of her cat, Minette." - starred review, Shelf Awareness on MINETTE'S FEAST

Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 9780802738127, 48pp.

Publication Date: March 14, 2017

About the Author

Susanna Reich is an author of many books for children and has won such awards as an Orbis Pictus Honor and an SLJ Best Book of the Year, among other honors. She lives in New York's Hudson Valley with her husband, author Gary Golio.

Adam Gustavson is the award-winning illustrator of over twenty books for children, including Rock and Roll Highway by Sebastian Robertson, Just Kidding by Trudy Ludwig, Snow Day! by Lester L. Laminack, and the Charlie Bumpers series by Bill Harley. Adam holds an MFA from the School of Visual Arts and teaches at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He lives in New Jersey with his family.