How Pete Seeger Got America Singing
Roaring Brook Press, 9781626722507, 40pp.
Publication Date: June 13, 2017
There was nobody like Pete Seeger.
Wherever he went, he got people singing.
With his head thrown back
and his Adam’s apple bouncing,
picking his long-necked banjo
or strumming his twelve-string guitar,
Pete sang old songs,
new words to old songs,
and songs he made up.
In this gorgeously written and illustrated tribute to legendary musician and activist Pete Seeger, author Leda Schubert highlights major musical events in Mr. Seeger's life as well important moments of his fight against social injustice. From singing sold-out concerts to courageously standing against the McCarthy-era finger-pointing, Pete Seeger's life is celebrated in this bold book for young readers with gorgeous illustrations by Raúl Colón.
A Neal Porter Book
This title has Common Core connections.
About the Author
Raúl Colón has illustrated several highly acclaimed picture books, including Draw!; the New York Times-bestselling Angela and the Baby Jesus by Frank McCourt; Susanna Reich’s José! Born to Dance; and Jill Biden’s Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops. Mr. Colón lived in Puerto Rico as a young boy and now resides in New City, New York, with his family.
Praise For Listen: How Pete Seeger Got America Singing…
"Schubert and Colón ably demonstrate one of their book's final assertions: "there really was nobody like Pete Seeger."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"In this biographical tribute to Pete Seeger, Schubert and acclaimed illustrator Colón combine their talents to bring Seeger’s legacy of music and social justice activism to contemporary young readers. Seeger’s connection to the public is evident in repeated depictions of him among crowds of listeners, antiwar protesters, singing children, and the millions at the Lincoln Memorial rally."—Booklist
"An inspiring and heartfelt tribute to, as Schubert calls him, a “true American hero.”—Horn Book