Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Non-fiction book review - Like a Bird

Like a Bird: The Art of the American Slave Song by Cynthia Grady

This short book is an ideal example of interdisciplinary or integrated education. Grady brings together art, music, history, religion, and visual interpretation and critical thinking skills in just 40 pages. For each song example in the book, Grady provides a brief history and description of how the artist has portrayed the concept. Then she asks the reader to evaluate both the lyrics and the painting, to judge the representation of the song, to find symbols, to interpret the emotions. Just an introduction to the subject, this would be a great choice for homeschoolers or a small classroom setting.

Like a Bird releases September 1.
Advanced reader copy provided by NetGalley.

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