CHARACTERS ½ Stand Up and Sing Pete Seeger Folk Music and the Path to Justice

CHARACTERS Stand Up and Sing Pete Seeger Folk Music and the Path to Justice

CHARACTERS ½ Stand Up and Sing Pete Seeger Folk Music and the Path to Justice ð Inspired by the rhythms of American folk music this moving account of Pete Seeger's life celebrates his legacy showing kids of every generation that no cause is too small and no obstacle too large if together you stand up andAnd adversity that would forever shape his worldview but it wasn't until he received his first banjo that he found his way to change the world It was plucking banjo strings and singing folk songs that showed Pete how music had the incredible power to bring people togetherUsing this gift throughout his life Pete encouraged others t. Very nicely done biography of Pete Seeger for young readers Reich handles the blacklisting briefly and in an appropriate way for children although uestions will certainly occur to many There is a nice section on Seeger's work with Dr Martin Luther King and the signature ballad We Shall Overcome Reich includes Seeger's work on the Clearwater and cleaning up the Hudson River and ends with a wonderful call to continue Seeger's workAdam Gustavson's gouache watercolor and pencil illustrations have a wonderful folk flavor that is perfect for the subject

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Inspired by the rhythms of American folk music this moving account of Pete Seeger's life celebrates his legacy showing kids of every generation that no cause is too small and no obstacle too large if together you stand up and singPete Seeger was born with music in his bones Coming of age during the Great Depression Pete saw poverty. I came to this book as a huge Pete Seeger fan I can’t count the number of times I saw him perform The first time I was a young child maybe 5 or 6 years old and my mother brought me to see him perform at UC Berkeley He was singing for young kids like me I saw him at many venues in the San Francisco Bay Area including at least 3 times at the free summer Stern Grove Festival I adore the man and I adore the music and the activism behind much of it I also love his silly and otherwise humorous songsI did learn some things about Pete from this book and I want to read Because of the length of the text here so much about Pete’s life was not covered even though it’s a very text heavy picture book Pete Seeger talked a lot during performances some about himself mostly about the issues As I read this book I sang the songs in my headI think this book will be most appreciated by older kids and adults but particularly people who know the songs If readerslisteners are not familiar with the songs they should be played in order to better understand the man and this book There are resources in the back and I will be checking them outThis book didn’t uite give me the Pete Seeger fix that I needed Perhaps a longer biography would but I suspect it’s only his songs that will do the trick Thank goodness for them and for my memories of their context I’m sad that there will be no We really need him NOW I’d love so much to hear some new songs by him about the current state of affairs I know he’d be brilliant and would galvanize me and others to take even actions than we are now He was a great manAs I said this might be a good book for young fans of Pete Seeger but they MUST know his music and it’s a great introductory book for would be activists students of social history and environmental science etc The illlustrations’ art style wasn’t my favorite but I ended up liking it well enough and I appreciated the too few photos of Pete Seeger I’d have been even happier having this book be full of photos but I know there are other places to see photos

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Stand Up and Sing Pete Seeger Folk Music and the Path to JusticeO rally behind causes that mattered fighting for Civil Rights ending the Vietnam War or cleaning up the Hudson River For Pete no challenge was too great and what started out as a love for music turned into a lifetime of activism and change His greatest talent and greatest passion would become an unforgettable part of American histo. Lovely picture book biography focuses on Seegers focus on Social justice and making a change through song both full color paintings and line drawings add to the story