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The Blues Singers: Ten Who Rocked the World.

The Blues Singers: Ten Who Rocked the World by Julius Lester Illustrated by Lisa Cohen Jump at the Sun/Hyperion, May 2001, $15.99 ISBN 0-786-80463-7, Ages 4-8

You know Julius Lester for his Coretta Scott King Award honor and his American Library Association Notable citations. Lester is also a recipient of a Newberry Award for To Be a Slave. A former folk singer and recording artist, Lester introduces ten of the most beloved black blues singers with the voice and wisdom of an elder. Many of today's singers walk in the footsteps of blues singers like Bessie Smith, Blind Lemon Jefferson and Muddy Waters. This work by Lester provides a great history lesson that encourages respect for the legacy and influence of African-American music culture. Self-taught artist Lisa Cohen's paintings invoke the spirit and soul of each blues great.

The Blues Singers includes a bibliography and recommended listening list that will help your family enjoy many special gatherings. A valued resource in the home, classroom or public and school library.

Khafre Abif is a BIBR associate editor
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Publication:Black Issues Book Review
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Date:Sep 1, 2001
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