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Marian Anderson Links on the web

When Marion Sang - A picture book evoking the great American contralto, Marian Anderson. This lovely book tells the inspiring, true, story of a poor, black Philadelphia school girl with a remarkable voice who was, among other things, thefirst singer to break the color line at the ‘Met’ - New York’s Metropolitan opera.

Book Review / Lesson Plan
— Music for "Motherless Child."
to place in the book, making it a MusicTale.
Links below for learning more.


1. The most incredible web info for Marian Anderson is at the Annenberg Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Pennsylvania . This archive includes performances and clips of an interview with Ms. Anderson which was clearly source material for the authors of "When Marian Sang," above.

2. At the Archive index Kids will love to hear Marian sing. Look at the bottom of the page to hear an interview describing in Marian's own words the events from the book described HERE in those interviews

3. University of Pennsylvania Marian Anderson photos - a huge archive

4. Order a video about Marian Anderson.

5.Marian at the Lincoln Monument -a photo essay.

6.Scholastic Marian Anderson activities for "When Marian Sang"

In My Grandmother’s Garden
Book and CD

The Book and CD are available from ALL independent booksellers.
(bookselers may order from distributors BOOKPEOPLE and Baker and Taylor)

A CD is INCLUDED with singing the story!!!

IF YOU LIKE this book PLEASE tell a friend and
ASK YOUR local BOOKSTORE to carry it!!!!

Also NOW available at MUSICKIT.COM:
LISTEN TO THE MUSIC: A Classroom Classical Music Listening Program

Listen to the Music
contains listening activities and descriptions of 42 works by a wide variety of classical and modern composers. Composers include: Bartok, Vivialdi, Mozart, Handel, J. S.Bach, Ravel, Debussy, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, ClaraSchumann, Ravi Shankar, Duke Ellington, Villa Lobos, Tchaikovsky, Haydn, Benjamin Britten and more...

The book includes thematic indeces for classroom themes, special holidays and musical concepts to help teachers plan classroom activities.