Loretta Little Looks Back by Andrea Davis Pinkney audiobook

Loretta Little Looks Back: Three Voices Go Tell It

By Andrea Davis Pinkney
Read by Dashawn Barnes , Deborah Wilson , and Ralph Harris

Little, Brown Young Readers 9780316536776
4.87 Hours 1
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From a bestselling and award-winning husband and wife team comes an innovative, beautifully illustrated novel that delivers a front-row seat to the groundbreaking moments in history that led to African Americans earning the right to vote. "Right here, I'm sharing the honest-to-goodness." -- Loretta "I'm gon' reach back, and tell how it all went. I'm gon' speak on it. My way." -- Roly "I got more nerve than a bad tooth. But there's nothing bad about being bold." -- Aggie B. Loretta, Roly, and Aggie B., members of the Little family, each present the vivid story of their young lives, spanning three generations. Their separate stories -- beginning in a cotton field in 1927 and ending at the presidential election of 1968 -- come together to create one unforgettable journey. Through an evocative mix of fictional first-person narratives, spoken-word poems, folk myths, gospel rhythms and blues influences, Loretta Little Looks Back weaves an immersive tapestry that illuminates the dignity of sharecroppers in the rural South. Inspired by storytelling's oral tradition, stirring vignettes are presented in a series of theatrical monologues that paint a gripping, multidimensional portrait of America's struggle for civil rights as seen through the eyes of the children who lived it. The novel's unique format invites us to walk in their shoes. Each encounters an unexpected mystical gift, passed down from one family member to the next, that ignites their experience what it means to reach for freedom.

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Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

From a bestselling and award-winning husband and wife team comes an innovative, beautifully illustrated novel that delivers a front-row seat to the groundbreaking moments in history that led to African Americans earning the right to vote. "Right here, I'm sharing the honest-to-goodness." -- Loretta "I'm gon' reach back, and tell how it all went. I'm gon' speak on it. My way." -- Roly "I got more nerve than a bad tooth. But there's nothing bad about being bold." -- Aggie B. Loretta, Roly, and Aggie B., members of the Little family, each present the vivid story of their young lives, spanning three generations. Their separate stories -- beginning in a cotton field in 1927 and ending at the presidential election of 1968 -- come together to create one unforgettable journey. Through an evocative mix of fictional first-person narratives, spoken-word poems, folk myths, gospel rhythms and blues influences, Loretta Little Looks Back weaves an immersive tapestry that illuminates the dignity of sharecroppers in the rural South. Inspired by storytelling's oral tradition, stirring vignettes are presented in a series of theatrical monologues that paint a gripping, multidimensional portrait of America's struggle for civil rights as seen through the eyes of the children who lived it. The novel's unique format invites us to walk in their shoes. Each encounters an unexpected mystical gift, passed down from one family member to the next, that ignites their experience what it means to reach for freedom.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

*"..timely and important read. Kirkus, starred review
*"...an unforgettable reading experience. Perfect for every library. School Library Journal, starred review
...a gratifyingly unconventional format and a musical sequence of storytelling that may illuminate some stark moments of our country's history. BCCB
“Dashawn Barnes, Deborah Wilson, and Ralph Harris narrate this production with fire and spirit, inhabiting the characters like actors on a stage. Listeners will be swept away by the power of these distinct voices as they follow the Littles from the 1920s to the 1960s…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“A compelling testimony of resilience.” Horn Book (starred review)
“Each character presents an engaging contrast to the others, and the slow progress from Jim Crow days to the 1960s illuminates a little-examined piece of U.S. history while making it deeply personal…Readers will hear the history come alive.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Pinkney’s writing sings, rich with metaphor, lyricism, and touches of magic realism.” Booklist (starred review)
“The combination of elements drawing on oral tradition and folklore set this book apart, making it an unforgettable reading experience. Perfect for every library.” School Library Journal (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Andrea Davis Pinkney

Author Bio: Andrea Davis Pinkney

Andrea Davis Pinkney, the award-winning author of numerous books for children and young adults, has been recognized by the Coretta Scott King Author Award committee with an honor for Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters and a medal for Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America. She is a four-time nominee for the NAACP Image Award. In addition to her work as an author, Ms. Pinkney is a publishing executive. She has been named one of the “25 Most Influential Black Women in Business” by the Network Journal and is among Children’s Health magazine’s “25 Most Influential People in Our Children's Lives.”

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 4.87
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English