Review! Mahalia Jackson: Walking with Kings and Queens by Nina Nolan

mahalaMahalia Jackson: Walking with Kings and Queens

Written by Nina Nolan

Illustrated by John Holyfield

32 pages – ages 4+

Published by Amistad on January 27, 2015

Synopsis- Mahalia Jackson was a young girl with a ginormous voice. Even while life was tough for her, she still sang what she loved, and she loved gospel. She always sang, and she realized her voice had power. Even though she had to overcome a lot of hardships in her life, she got to sing on TV shows, at Carnegie Hall, and many places she could only dream of! She became and is still know as the Queen of gospel music.

Check out the video below – you’ll know why she got the title!

What I Thought- This is a really motivational picture book that will have you feeling positive. The story of Mahalia Jackson, from cleaning-maid to Queen of Gospel, is truly inspiring. The story stresses perseverance, and working towards a goal. Mahalia, no matter where she was, or how her life was, always sang. The illustrations are gorgeous and make you really smile inside. They capture the spirit of a girl with a goal perfectly and using the talents you are given. The book has a short timeline and more ways to learn about Mahalia at the end of the book. The publisher has the age range as 4+ – this is a great book as an introduction to this fabulous lady and perfect for a younger kid. The resources at the back of the book are a great add-on for older kids.

I give this five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

Now excuse me I am going to go download some Mahalia Jackson from iTunes. 😉

Categories: Age 6-9

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14 replies

  1. Erik…as usual, you’ve chosen a great book…and have done an awesome review! Thanks for including the clips. I will try to get this book because it looks like it will be a great mentor text as I try to write my own nonfiction picture books. 😉

  2. I’ll definitely look for this one – thanks! I just saw the documentary Girls in the Band last night, I bet you – or Josie – would enjoy it too!

  3. How did I miss this inspiring picture book! What a story. And such an appropriate time to run it with Juneteenth celebrated yesterday. Excellent review. Loved the video.

  4. What a great book about an amazing woman. A book like this will motivate young girls to never give up on their dreams. Thanks for a terrific review.

  5. Seems like an amazing picture book. Really good review, too.

  6. I loved listening to Mahalia Jackson’s songs growing up…even now. Thanks so much for this review 🙂

  7. Great review, as usual, Erik! If you liked this awesome book, you will most likely enjoy the book “Martin and Mahalia: His Words, Her Song” written by Andrea Davis Pinkney. Check it out! Cheers!

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