In looking at THE LEGENDARY MISS LENA HORNE by Carole Boston Weatherford as a mentor text I made some observations.
It begins with family information. “The Horne family tree was laden with achievers: teachers, activists, a Harlem Renaissance poet…..”
Then it becomes a birth, childhood and career narrative but not the cradle to grave approach.
I recently attended a webinar on page turns and examined their role in nonfiction picture books.
For example: one two-page spread ends this way: “With Sissle, eighteen-year-old Lena cut her first record…”
The following two-page spread has her fronting a band.
Does that page turn encourage the reader to turn the page?
The jacket flap says it is for ages 4-8 but I think it would be a great fit for the elementary grades where they are studying Women’s History Month and Black History Month.
Teachers, keep this title in mind.