About the Book-Harlem’s Little Blackbird by Renee Watson
Zora and Langston. Billie and Bessie. Eubie and Duke. If the Harlem Renaissance had a court, they were its kings and queens. But there were other, lesser known individuals whose contributions were just as impactful, such as Florence Mills. Born to parents who were former-slaves Florence knew early on that she loved to sing. And that people really responded to her sweet, bird-like voice. Her dancing and singing catapulted her all the way to the stages of 1920s Broadway where she inspired songs and even entire plays! Yet with all this success, she knew firsthand how bigotry shaped her world. And when she was offered the role of a lifetime from Ziegfeld himself, she chose to support all-black musicals instead.
What this book teaches-African American History
My review of the book: Florence Mills stood up for herself when her friends were not being treated fairly. She refused to act as a bystander and instead behaved as a friend who stands up (an Upstander). I LOVED the illustrations in this book. The story is a bit longer and would be more appropriate if read in two sessions or read to Grades 1-5. My children really enjoyed the page in the back that discussed why the book was a work of Historical Fiction.
More lesson ideas:
My lessons on Peace and Acceptance
MLK Jr. Painting Project for preschoolers and young children
Lessons and videos to support teaching the theme African American History and celebrating diversity
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