Sing it! A Biography of Pete Seeger

Meryl Danziger. Triangle Square, $17.95 (112p) ISBN 978-1-60980-655-2
Newcomer Danziger's folksy style and direct addresses to readers ("This story begins way back long before you were born") distinguish this highly approachable biography of folk singer and activist Pete Seeger (1919–2014). Though the book was not completed until after Seeger's death, Danziger received Seeger's blessing for and notes on this book, and his ardent, idealistic, humorous, and self-deprecating personality pervades the text. Danziger strikes an artful balance between maintaining a chronological narrative—from a musical family, Seeger dropped out of Harvard and, by age 20, found his calling in the world of folk music—and helping readers understand both the individual and the times he lived in. A chapter devoted to Seeger's signature instrument includes the history of the banjo and Seeger's instruction book on playing it; one focusing on the 1960s discusses approaches to songwriting, Seeger's use of music as an activist, and his modesty about his contributions. Seeger continued into his 90s to sing for children, world peace, fairness, and a cleaner environment. This volume pays admirable tribute to his impact. Photos and source notes are included. Ages 8–12. (July)
Reviewed on: 08/08/2016
Release date: 11/03/2015
Genre: Children's
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