Friday, October 26, 2018

Fact Friday: What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?

What Do You Do with a Voice Like That? The story of extraordinary congresswoman Barbara Jordan. unpgd. Beach Lane Books, September, 2018. 9781481465618. (Review of finished purchased copy.)

Celebrated biographer Barton penned a lovely tribute to Congresswoman Barbara Jordan. This gorgeous oversize book can't contain Jordan's energy, power and determination. It bursts from each page whether through Barton's lyrical prose or Holmes' bold collages. 

Barbara Jordan grew up in the Fifth Ward in Houston, Texas. Her intelligence and curiosity compelled her to speak, to ask questions and to study hard. She excelled in college and was accepted into law school at a time when women, especially women of color had difficulty gaining admission. Barton relates Jordan's story chronologically and uses the refrain, "What do you do with a voice like that?" effectively. Backmatter includes an author's note, a timeline and suggestions for reading and viewing. 

What do you do with a voice like that? is going into my picture book biography unit and should be in every school and public library. 

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