Like a Bird: The Art of the American Slave Song

Like a Bird: The Art of the American Slave Song

Like a Bird The Art of the American Slave Song Drawing on biblical imagery slave songs both expressed the sorrow of life in bondage and offered a rallying cry for the spirit LIKE A BIRD brings together text music and art to interpret spiritu

  • Title: Like a Bird: The Art of the American Slave Song
  • Author: Cynthia Grady Michele Wood
  • ISBN: 9781467785501
  • Page: 234
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Drawing on biblical imagery, slave songs both expressed the sorrow of life in bondage and offered a rallying cry for the spirit LIKE A BIRD brings together text, music, and art to interpret 13 spirituals and is aimed at readers age 8 12 Illustrated by Coretta Scott King Award winning illustrator Michele Wood.

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    I wrote a paper on African American spirituals in college, so I was interested to see a book published for younger readers on this topic: the various roles songs (or spirituals, as they're often called) played in the lives of slaves in America. Children will read how the songs lifted morale at times, and could also serve as secret modes of communication. Cynthia Grady highlights thirteen songs, accompanied by illustrations from Coretta Scott King award-winning illustrator Michele Wood. – Sara [...]

    Frederick Douglass wrote, "Slaves sing most when they are most unhappy. The songs of the slave represent the sorrows of his heart." This collection highlights 13 spirituals along with illustrations by Michele Wood and information about the Biblical and historical significance of each song. The cover shows Harriet Tubman flying over workers in a cotton field while a white dove joins her in the blue sky. The foreword explains that Tubman had a dream in which she was flying over the landscape "like [...]

    4.5/5Cynthia Grady and Michele Wood, the team behind "I Lay My Stitches Down: Poems of American Slavery", have produced another beautifully compelling piece with "Like a Bird". "Like a Bird" examines thirteen American slave songs with corresponding paintings. A short introduction provides a history of American slave songs and brief explanation of the book's organization. Grady presents a brief history and understanding of each song as well as suggestions for analyzing the accompanying painting. [...]

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend this to anyone who has an appreciation for a history of music!There are colorful illustrations and then there is the song (including musical notes) and a brief history of the piece. This is basically a children's picture book, so the history is a paragraph or two that is easy for little ones to understand.At the end of the book is a small note that tells the reader how this book came to be, along with the full lyrics for each song, included in [...]

    The artwork in this book is absolutely amazing. Michelle Wood, the illustrator, used Spirituals to give her inspiration for her illustrations. Thirteen different songs are highlighted, such as Jacob's Ladder, Michael Row Your Boat Ashore, Ezekial Saw the Wheel, Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child and more. The origin of the song is explained and the lyrics are included. The illustration is highlighted and some questions are asked. This is a wonderful book that would definitely be a highligh [...]

    This is a terrific picture book about songs that American slaves used to sing. The text points out not only this historical significance of the the song but also the symbolism in the pictures. The pictures are gorgeous and so interesting. These pictures invite a second and third look. This will be great in my library.

    The title of this collection of African American spirituals came from a story told by Harriet Tubman, the escaped slave who courageously returned to the South on some thirteen missions to rescue approximately seventy enslaved families and friends. As the author reports:“Harriet Tubman, born into slavery around 1820, used to dream that she was flying over the landscape ‘like a bird.’”The author further notes that while the lives of the enslaved were exceedingly difficult, they used music [...]

    Grady, Cynthia, ill. By Michele Wood. Like a Bird: The Art of the American Slave Song. Lerner Publishing, 2016. $19.99. INFORMATION Ever wondered what the history was behind the songs American slaves used to sing? What inspired them to sing so soulfully? In this book, Claudia Gray takes each well-known song and shares the history and the music with the lyrics. Alongside each song, Michele Wood’s detailed, realistic illustrations bring to life the author’s text. Together, readers are immersed [...]

    Ever wondered what the history was behind the songs American slaves used to sing? What inspired them to sing so soulfully? In this book, Claudia Gray takes each well-known song and shares the history and the music with the lyrics. Alongside each song, Michele Wood’s detailed, realistic illustrations bring to life the author’s text. Together, readers are immersed in the slave culture and given a better understanding of a not so well-known part of history. Readers who are interested in the pre [...]

    A short introduction provides a history of American slave songs and brief explanation of the book's organization. Grady makes it abundantly clear that slaves did not sing because they were happy; however, despite the horrors of slavery, there was beauty in their music and it lives on. This collection highlights 13 spirituals along with illustrations by Michele Wood and information about the Biblical and historical significance of each song. At the end of the book is a small note that tells the r [...]

    Very beautiful book about the slave experience dealing with song of hope and liberation. the book has questions, glossary, added readings, excellent addition to a school library. i can't say enouth about the beautiful illustrations.

    Interesting resource, beautifully illustrated, includes music to play - a cd would've been a great addition.

    Lovely illustrations support the information provided on American Slave Songs. The Biblical connections are explored and explained.

    I wish McKissack's Let's Clap Jump Sing and Shout had been more like this. Strong text, art, and educational possibilities. I hope it manages to stand out.

    A great J resource for learning about slave spirituals. Music and lyrics are included, along with a brief background of each song.

    With stunning illustrations, this collection of songs sung by enslaved African Americans is moving and unique. As it is organized as a collection of sheet music with a description of its history and an accompanying illustration, this non-fiction work would be best for 3rd - 4th grade readers and older.

    This book teaches young readers about slavery through the lens of music, of the slave songs and spirituals. Cynthia Grady examines thirteen slave songs, examining the song's meaning and relation to history. Accompanying the text is a brief musical score of the refrain or a notable part of the song, meaning that if one can read music, he or she could sing the bit of song. There is also a richly painted detailed illustration that supports the text. Grady encourages readers to examine the illustrat [...]

    1. No awards2. Grade 2-63. This book contains numerous American slave songs, the music and an explanation of each song. African slaves wished for their own freedom, homeland, and families. They used songs to express these desires. In conjunction with images, explanations, and music, this book brings these songs to the forefront. 4. This book makes slavery in America, the wishful longing of slaves accessible for younger students to understand. The songs themselves are useful and when combined wit [...]

    Text, music, and illustrations explore the meaning behind thirteen slave songs. I really like that the text encourages readers to think critically about the artwork and the lyrics of the spirituals. The types of questions asked of the reader promotes evidence-based research and makes this book such an incredible resource for grades 3-5+. Back matter includes information on how this book was created, complete lyrics to the slave songs included in text, a glossary, selected bibliography, further r [...]

    Starting with African American slave song spirituals, artist Michele Wood uses the inspriration of the spirituals to create accompanying artwork for songs throughout the book. Author Cynthia Grady adds text to explain the interplay of the songs and the scene reflected in the artwork, as well as to provide historical context for both. Ties are made between Biblical stories, African American spirituals, and slavery in America. Grades 2-4

    Insanely gorgeous book that I cannot wait to put in the hands of my students in the upcoming school year! I learned new things from the author's notes, and I love the integration of sheet music, lyrics and beautiful illustrations. I can't wait to use this in my classroom as a mentor text! Love, love, love this book.I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley so that I could give an honest review.

    I met author Cynthia Grady at the New Mexico Library Association's YA luncheon where she was the speaker. Listening to an author talk about her research and writing process always increases my enjoyment of the work. The words and background information about each of the songs is simple enough for children, yet captivating for high school age and adults as well. The illustrations are beautiful, rich, and engaging. Illustrations add depth and understanding to each song.

    Netgalley ARCLike a Bird is a fascinating look at the origins and meaning behind the songs of the slaves. Each spiritual is accompanied by a beautiful illustration that depicts the theme of the spiritual. Gorgeous book!

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