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It's 1937, and Marian Anderson is one of the most famous singers in America. But after she gives a performance for an all-white audience, she learns that the nearby hotel is closed to African Americans. She doesn't know where she'll stay for the night. Until the famous scientist Albert Einstein invites her to stay at his house. Marian, who endures constant discrimination as It's 1937, and Marian Anderson is one of the most famous singers in America. But after she gives a performance for an all-white audience, she learns that the nearby hotel is closed to African Americans. She doesn't know where she'll stay for the night. Until the famous scientist Albert Einstein invites her to stay at his house. Marian, who endures constant discrimination as a Black performer, learns that Albert faced prejudice as a Jew in Germany. She discovers their shared passion for music--and their shared hopes for a more just world.


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It's 1937, and Marian Anderson is one of the most famous singers in America. But after she gives a performance for an all-white audience, she learns that the nearby hotel is closed to African Americans. She doesn't know where she'll stay for the night. Until the famous scientist Albert Einstein invites her to stay at his house. Marian, who endures constant discrimination as It's 1937, and Marian Anderson is one of the most famous singers in America. But after she gives a performance for an all-white audience, she learns that the nearby hotel is closed to African Americans. She doesn't know where she'll stay for the night. Until the famous scientist Albert Einstein invites her to stay at his house. Marian, who endures constant discrimination as a Black performer, learns that Albert faced prejudice as a Jew in Germany. She discovers their shared passion for music--and their shared hopes for a more just world.

30 review for The Singer and the Scientist

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tamar...light at the end of the tunnel?

    This book brought tears to my eyes. What a beautiful story about an episode in the history of America, social injustice, and Art. The Singer and the Scientist describes one small act by a great man dedicated to Human Rights. Albert Einstein was not just a great scientist but also a political activist who teaches us a lesson in equality and what it means to be a "mensch" while Marian Anderson teaches us a lesson in humility and forbearance in the face of bigotry. This will make for an interesting This book brought tears to my eyes. What a beautiful story about an episode in the history of America, social injustice, and Art. The Singer and the Scientist describes one small act by a great man dedicated to Human Rights. Albert Einstein was not just a great scientist but also a political activist who teaches us a lesson in equality and what it means to be a "mensch" while Marian Anderson teaches us a lesson in humility and forbearance in the face of bigotry. This will make for an interesting and wonderful read with my grandchildren. The illustrations are beautiful, and the message is mature and instructing. I’d like to thank NetGalley, Lerner Publishing Group, and Kar-Ben Publishing for an ARC of this amazing book in exchange for my honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    I mean WOW. This is exceptional. The way the story has been written. The illustrations hugging your vision. The colours that fills up your soul. I mean I am so in love with the entire book. I am always standing up against discrimination and racism. Even the famous personalities aren't spared. This is one such important storybook that tells us the same. So well done! Let's say no to any kind of discrimination and racism. Let's always speak up and so something about it. No, it starts from us ourselves. A I mean WOW. This is exceptional. The way the story has been written. The illustrations hugging your vision. The colours that fills up your soul. I mean I am so in love with the entire book. I am always standing up against discrimination and racism. Even the famous personalities aren't spared. This is one such important storybook that tells us the same. So well done! Let's say no to any kind of discrimination and racism. Let's always speak up and so something about it. No, it starts from us ourselves. And yes, let's start with reading this book as of now 🙌 Thank you, authors and the Publisher for the advance reading copy.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Briar's Reviews

    The Singer and the Scientist by Lisa Rose is a beautifully illustrated true story. I was not aware of this incredible, historical friendship but I was more than happy to learn about it! If you want to learn about an unexpected friendship that was helpful and respectful, this book is great. It also shows some famous, public figures that you may (or may not have!) heard of. I highly recommend this picture book. It's a great story and it's non-fiction but it doesn't feel that way. The humility, the w The Singer and the Scientist by Lisa Rose is a beautifully illustrated true story. I was not aware of this incredible, historical friendship but I was more than happy to learn about it! If you want to learn about an unexpected friendship that was helpful and respectful, this book is great. It also shows some famous, public figures that you may (or may not have!) heard of. I highly recommend this picture book. It's a great story and it's non-fiction but it doesn't feel that way. The humility, the wonderful story and the incredible illustrations make this one top favourite book. Four out of five stars. Thank you to NetGalley, Lerner Publishing Group and Kar-Ben Publishing for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    RoshReviews

    One of the best ways to teach young children about history and encourage healthy discussions about equality across race is through such picture books. "The Singer and the Scientist" tells the story of Marian Anderson (the famous opera singer with a rich contralto voice) and Albert Einstein (everyone knows him!) In the America of the late 1930s, the talented Marian found a stage for her voice but not a roof for her head. Luckily for her, in the audience happened to be seated Einstein and he offer One of the best ways to teach young children about history and encourage healthy discussions about equality across race is through such picture books. "The Singer and the Scientist" tells the story of Marian Anderson (the famous opera singer with a rich contralto voice) and Albert Einstein (everyone knows him!) In the America of the late 1930s, the talented Marian found a stage for her voice but not a roof for her head. Luckily for her, in the audience happened to be seated Einstein and he offered to take her to his home. What follows is an eye-opening discussion of bigotry within one's own nation, leading to a lifelong friendship. I loved the story. No two ways about it. The content is presented in such an interesting manner that every child (and even adult) will be hooked. The artwork is fabulous is well. The illustrations are very attractive, though I wasn't completely happy with the way Marian Anderson has been sketched. She looks too beautified. I wish she had been portrayed as realistically as Einstein. But this is a minor complaint. The book is utterly fabulous in every other respect and I would heartily recommend it to everyone. I received an advance review copy of the book from NetGalley, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. ************* Join me on the Facebook group, Readers Forever! , for more reviews, book-related discussions and fun.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I have never heard of Marian Anderson, but what a delightful way to learn about her, and her singing, and her friendship with Albert Einstein. As happened to many Black singers, at the time, in the 1930s, white audiences didn't mind seeing or hearing them perform, but woe be it if they wanted a room for the night. In this case, it was Albert Einstein who came to the rescue, as he knew about discrimination, and was more than willing to let her come to his home. I have heard the story about how Elen I have never heard of Marian Anderson, but what a delightful way to learn about her, and her singing, and her friendship with Albert Einstein. As happened to many Black singers, at the time, in the 1930s, white audiences didn't mind seeing or hearing them perform, but woe be it if they wanted a room for the night. In this case, it was Albert Einstein who came to the rescue, as he knew about discrimination, and was more than willing to let her come to his home. I have heard the story about how Elenor Roosevelt quite the DAR in protest when Marian Anderson couldn't sing at constitution hall, but had not heard of this earlier story. What a great little picture book, and what a great way to tell about this sorry point in history. Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Well written and beautifully illustrated.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Haley

    I love picture books that teach children (and adults) a true story from history. What a touching story about an act of kindness that turned into a friendship between two people that had endured discrimination. The writing flows well when read aloud and the illustrations are delightful. This is a great historical picture book to enjoy with the children in your life. Thank you to NetGalley and Kar-Ben Publishing for access to this arc.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    This is such a good and warm book. Singer Marian Anderson can stand on stage and sing but can't be bothered by whites while off the stage. All because the color of her skin, Noone acts as though she is alive. It just so happened Albert Einstein was in the front row and offered her a room in his house when she had no place to stay. The became fast friends. This would be wonderful for a read a loud in a classroom. This is such a good and warm book. Singer Marian Anderson can stand on stage and sing but can't be bothered by whites while off the stage. All because the color of her skin, Noone acts as though she is alive. It just so happened Albert Einstein was in the front row and offered her a room in his house when she had no place to stay. The became fast friends. This would be wonderful for a read a loud in a classroom.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Suradha

    Thank you NetGalley for providing me with an advanced readers e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. While I'm surprised by the volume of Einstein centred graphic novels out there but the more I know about the man's life (and death) the more I want to know. Wish I could have had access to social justice picture books as a child, this one was quite lovely. They really don't faff around about race and the Holocaust, which is refreshing. Thank you NetGalley for providing me with an advanced readers e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. While I'm surprised by the volume of Einstein centred graphic novels out there but the more I know about the man's life (and death) the more I want to know. Wish I could have had access to social justice picture books as a child, this one was quite lovely. They really don't faff around about race and the Holocaust, which is refreshing.

  10. 5 out of 5

    E.M.

    This heartwarming picture book about the friendship between famous singer Marian Anderson and Albert Einstein is an absolute must for elementary school classrooms and for the parents of young children. The Singer and the Scientist is a story about the importance of compassion and standing up for others even when it means going against the status quo. The book takes place in the 1930s in a time of racism and segregation. After a successful performance, Marian is (quite rudely) notified by the con This heartwarming picture book about the friendship between famous singer Marian Anderson and Albert Einstein is an absolute must for elementary school classrooms and for the parents of young children. The Singer and the Scientist is a story about the importance of compassion and standing up for others even when it means going against the status quo. The book takes place in the 1930s in a time of racism and segregation. After a successful performance, Marian is (quite rudely) notified by the concert hall staff that all nearby hotels are whites-only. "Everyone looked at Marian, but not as a star. Not even as a person...The people who had just minutes before risen to their feet clapping for her now ignored her." But in that moment, an elderly man who attended the concert steps in and offers Marian help. Marian instantly recognizes him as famed scientist Albert Einstein. A kind Jewish man who had personally experienced discrimination when living in Nazi Germany. Lisa Rose tells this lovely story in a way that is understandable to young readers and allows adults to create important discussions about kindness, compassion, and race to young children. It is structured in a way to grab children's attention and Isabel Munoz's beautiful illustrations make the story easy to follow and understand. However, as the story does take place in the 1930s, there are a few things that children may need help understanding. Because of this, I do recommend reading The Singer and the Scientist after this specific period is covered in class or discussed with a parent. The news is often fraught with stories about racial injustice. Although it may seem like kids aren't paying attention, they usually are. Let our kids be better than us and our parents' generation. Let us create those important discussions so that our kids can have a better tomorrow. ​ (Note: I received this advance copy from Netgalley and Lerner Publishing Group in return for an honest review. Original review can be found here: https://bookish-ramblings.weebly.com/...)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This is the true story of Marian Anderson and Albert Einstein. After a beautiful performance at McCarter Theatre in 1937 to an all-white crowd, Marian is denied accommodations at the nearby Nassau Inn. Einstein, who had been in the crowd, invites Marian to stay at his home and shares that he, too, has experienced intolerance because of his Jewish heritage. Not only do they connect through their shared experience with racism, but the two bond over music as well. In the author's note at the end of This is the true story of Marian Anderson and Albert Einstein. After a beautiful performance at McCarter Theatre in 1937 to an all-white crowd, Marian is denied accommodations at the nearby Nassau Inn. Einstein, who had been in the crowd, invites Marian to stay at his home and shares that he, too, has experienced intolerance because of his Jewish heritage. Not only do they connect through their shared experience with racism, but the two bond over music as well. In the author's note at the end of the book, the author shares both Einstein's and Marian's involvement in the movement to end segregation and racism in the United States. Beautifully illustrated and poignant, this book describes an amazing little-known story that should be brought to light. This would be a fantastic book to share with children this month during Black History Month, but unfortunately, it is not going to be published until April. It would be a perfect addition to any library--public, at school, and at home. I received a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley and Kar-Ben Publishing.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Shreedevi Gurumurty

    It's 1937, and Marian Anderson is one of the most famous singers in America. But after she gives a performance for an all-white audience, she learns that the nearby hotel is closed to African Americans. She doesn't know where she'll stay for the night.Until the famous scientist Albert Einstein invites her to stay at his house. Marian, who endures constant discrimination as a Black performer, learns that Albert faced prejudice as a Jew in Germany. She discovers their shared passion for music—and It's 1937, and Marian Anderson is one of the most famous singers in America. But after she gives a performance for an all-white audience, she learns that the nearby hotel is closed to African Americans. She doesn't know where she'll stay for the night.Until the famous scientist Albert Einstein invites her to stay at his house. Marian, who endures constant discrimination as a Black performer, learns that Albert faced prejudice as a Jew in Germany. She discovers their shared passion for music—and their shared hopes for a more just world.Einstein was never one to stick to the science.The world-renowned physicist used his platform to advocate loudly for social justice. As a target of anti-Semitism in Germany and abroad between the World Wars, the Jewish scientist was well aware of the harm that discrimination inflicts, and sought to use his platform to speak out against the mistreatment of others.Einstein saw racism as a fundamental stumbling block to freedom. In both his science and his politics, Einstein believed in the need for individual liberty: the ability to follow ideas and life paths without fear of oppression. And he knew from his experiences how easily that freedom could be destroyed in the name of nationalism and patriotism. He invited famous contralto singer Marian Anderson to stay at his home when the singer was refused a room at the Nassau Inn.Anderson was an important figure in the struggle for African-American artists to overcome racial prejudice in the United States during the mid-20th century. In 1939, the Daughters of the American Revolution refused to allow Anderson to sing to an integrated audience in Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. The incident placed Anderson in the spotlight of the international community on a level unusual for a classical musician. With the aid of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and her husband President FDR, Anderson performed a critically acclaimed open-air concert on Easter Sunday, April 9, 1939, on the Lincoln Memorial."We must remember that we are more alike than different,that how we act toward one another is as important as anything else we aspire to do."-John Warner

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I was provided a free copy of this by @netgalley and @lernerbooks in exchange for my honest review. I read this story tonight with my daughter and we both loved it! It's about the beginning of the friendship between singer Marian Anderson and scientist Albert Einstein! She was performing for an all white audience and received a standing ovation. However, once the show was over everyone ignored her and she was unable to find lodging, since the hotel nearby was for whites only. Albert Einstein, who I was provided a free copy of this by @netgalley and @lernerbooks in exchange for my honest review. I read this story tonight with my daughter and we both loved it! It's about the beginning of the friendship between singer Marian Anderson and scientist Albert Einstein! She was performing for an all white audience and received a standing ovation. However, once the show was over everyone ignored her and she was unable to find lodging, since the hotel nearby was for whites only. Albert Einstein, who was in the audience that night and having been discriminated against himself, invited her to stay at his house for the night! Thus began a long friendship between the two! This was a beautiful story that provided my daughter and I the opportunity to talk about discrimination of different kinds, and how we should act when we see others being discriminated against. When we were done reading the ebook version she said, "I wish this was a real book!" 😁 I said, "It will be on April 1st!!" She was very excited and has already requested it for herself, because she likes to sing, and her cousin, because she likes science! 🥰 #TheSingerAndTheScientist #NetGalley

  14. 4 out of 5

    Caitlyn

    This book is focused on the friendship between opera singer Marian Anderson and renowned scientist & mathematician Albert Einstein. I really enjoyed the illustrations and the unique story (based on actual historical events). As a history buff, I am grateful for children's books that introduce historical events in a manner that children can understand . I also thought the manner in which the story was told was engaging with beautiful full page illustrations. Additionally, the Author's Note provid This book is focused on the friendship between opera singer Marian Anderson and renowned scientist & mathematician Albert Einstein. I really enjoyed the illustrations and the unique story (based on actual historical events). As a history buff, I am grateful for children's books that introduce historical events in a manner that children can understand . I also thought the manner in which the story was told was engaging with beautiful full page illustrations. Additionally, the Author's Note provides even more historical background about the singer and the scientist, which may encourage further reading and research. This book also handles racism and prejudice in a way that respects its young audience. It provides enough detail for children to understand the very real issue, while offering a message of hope. All in all, this was a motivational story about two people who overcame prejudice and found a new friend to empathize with. Many thanks to NetGalley and Lerner Publishing Group / Kar-Ben Publishing ® for an e-ARC. I really appreciated it!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Aina

    The singer and the scientist is a book about love, kindness and acceptance, and it has a special place in my heart. It follows Marian Anderson, an African American singer who finds herself stranded after a performance for an all-white audience.  She doesn't have anywhere to stay, and the people who cheered for her a minute ago are now giving her dirty looks.  That's when she meets Albert Einstein, a scientist who offers his house for her to stay, and friendship blooms. This is a piece of history, a The singer and the scientist is a book about love, kindness and acceptance, and it has a special place in my heart. It follows Marian Anderson, an African American singer who finds herself stranded after a performance for an all-white audience.  She doesn't have anywhere to stay, and the people who cheered for her a minute ago are now giving her dirty looks.  That's when she meets Albert Einstein, a scientist who offers his house for her to stay, and friendship blooms. This is a piece of history, a piece we cannot afford to lose.  Since it's a book for children it's really easy to follow, it made me feel the pain, the sorrow and the happiness they both felt.  The growth Marian went through, the fact that she didn't want to be an example for other people to follow, but she acknowledges that she is, and she acts on it, slowly becoming bolder.  The art is adorable and elegant at the same time, sweet and accurate. I felt the emotions on every page.  I certainly learned something new today, and it was glorious.  5-stars from me for this piece of history about love and kindness. .

  16. 5 out of 5

    Pages Of Pastries

    The singer and the Scientist is a heartwarming true story that I never knew existed. Marian Anderson was a renowned singer who was performing for a white audience, hosted by Albert Einstein. After her performance, she was told she couldn't stay at a nearby hotel because it was whites-only. However, Albert Einstein offered to let her stay at his home. This leads to a delightful friendship! I loved this book not only for the story & storytelling, but the illustration as well, which captured the st The singer and the Scientist is a heartwarming true story that I never knew existed. Marian Anderson was a renowned singer who was performing for a white audience, hosted by Albert Einstein. After her performance, she was told she couldn't stay at a nearby hotel because it was whites-only. However, Albert Einstein offered to let her stay at his home. This leads to a delightful friendship! I loved this book not only for the story & storytelling, but the illustration as well, which captured the story beautifully thanks to Isabel Munoz. To summarize, this book warmed me and taught a history lesson at the same time while presenting racial equality and inequality to a younger audience.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Soul Touch Reads

    It was sooooo good for a book with just 30 pages. This small book is about an incident that occurred in 1937 with a black singer. This short book focuses on art, race & struggle. You'll get to know about one of the most famous person in the human history, Albert Einstein through it. And it's a real story. Not even fiction! Illustrations were extremely beautiful. Loved the work of artist. It was sooooo good for a book with just 30 pages. This small book is about an incident that occurred in 1937 with a black singer. This short book focuses on art, race & struggle. You'll get to know about one of the most famous person in the human history, Albert Einstein through it. And it's a real story. Not even fiction! Illustrations were extremely beautiful. Loved the work of artist.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Snezana

    The beautiful and talented Marian felt scared and uncomfortable performing in from of an all-white audience. The performance itself was great, but after the performance, nobody wanted to talk to Marian or approach her. Nobody treated her like a human or even wanted to look at her. All except Albert Einstein. After this, their friendship bloomed. As someone who lives in a different country than where I grew up, and is of different religion, I have definitely experienced feeling judged and uncomfo The beautiful and talented Marian felt scared and uncomfortable performing in from of an all-white audience. The performance itself was great, but after the performance, nobody wanted to talk to Marian or approach her. Nobody treated her like a human or even wanted to look at her. All except Albert Einstein. After this, their friendship bloomed. As someone who lives in a different country than where I grew up, and is of different religion, I have definitely experienced feeling judged and uncomfortable. This story gives insight into the racism that happened, the differences between people, and how people who were judged felt at the time. It's different to talk about these issues from a very young age and distinguish what was right and what was wrong.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Leigh

    Thank you to the publisher and to Netgalley for an e-ARC of this picture book. Though I thought I knew much of Marian Anderson's story, I had no idea that she was friends with Albert Einstein. This book is a great non-fiction text that does a great job demonstrating that friends can be found in unlikely places. Thank you to the publisher and to Netgalley for an e-ARC of this picture book. Though I thought I knew much of Marian Anderson's story, I had no idea that she was friends with Albert Einstein. This book is a great non-fiction text that does a great job demonstrating that friends can be found in unlikely places.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    What I like most about this charming story is how it takes a little-known event of history, involving a few small acts of kindness, and turns it into a touching story that makes me want to know even more by the end. And indeed, an author's note at the end of the book clarifies the historical context for us adults or for especially curious young readers. The illustrations are cute and fun, with a really nice overall style and color scheme. The book has a positive message and explores some real his What I like most about this charming story is how it takes a little-known event of history, involving a few small acts of kindness, and turns it into a touching story that makes me want to know even more by the end. And indeed, an author's note at the end of the book clarifies the historical context for us adults or for especially curious young readers. The illustrations are cute and fun, with a really nice overall style and color scheme. The book has a positive message and explores some real history and issues of discrimination, on a level that is serious but hopeful and that kids will intuitively understand (though will also require some discussion with parents to fully appreciate the discrimination faced by each of the two protagonists). (I received a free advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for this honest review.)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    I didn't know anything about this at all, and I'm not surprised by the events, but I love the book all the same. I didn't know anything about this at all, and I'm not surprised by the events, but I love the book all the same.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Pony Witch

    In this small copy, the author tells us about the encounter between the African-American singer Marian Anderson and the scientist Albert Einstein. After her first white-only concert, Anderson finds herself without a place to stay for the night and Einstein offers her his guest room. The illustrations are beautiful; Anderson's hair, with that hairstyle with 1920s touches, in the transition to 1930s fashion, was what caught my eye on the cover. Considering that it is short and that it is aimed at In this small copy, the author tells us about the encounter between the African-American singer Marian Anderson and the scientist Albert Einstein. After her first white-only concert, Anderson finds herself without a place to stay for the night and Einstein offers her his guest room. The illustrations are beautiful; Anderson's hair, with that hairstyle with 1920s touches, in the transition to 1930s fashion, was what caught my eye on the cover. Considering that it is short and that it is aimed at an audience between 5 and 11 years old, it perfectly frames the discrimination and prevailing racism of the time, making two different people come together, for the greater good. Both children and adults should read this beautiful book, and perhaps, educating the future, we will not make the mistakes of the past again

  23. 5 out of 5

    Shelley Bauknight davis

    This children’s picture book tells the little known story of how the singer Marian Anderson and the scientist Albert Einstein met and started a lasting friendship. The illustrations are bold and captivating - pulling even the youngest reader into the story. The writing is simple enough for children to understand the big ideas of racism, inclusion and standing up for others. This will be a great addition to any classroom.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    Wow! What an incredible story and unbelievable that it’s true. The lead character Marian was delightful and relatable and the artistry in the drawings was beautiful. The fact that this is a true story makes it even more of a gem and I will certainly be purchasing copies for my friends kids and recommending this read. Thanks for the opportunity to review! The authors note was just as impactful to me as the rest of the story. 5 stars #Netgalley #TheSingerandtheScientist

  25. 5 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    A very visually appealing young reader, detailing what happened when a world-class singer found no room at the inn, due to the hotel being whites-only. Marian Anderson was not known to me at all, and therefore neither was the true story we get here, of her being shepherded back to his home by none other than Albert Einstein, a witness to her concert. There they could bond over music and being victims of racism and persecution, a state Einstein was more vocally and actively against than she was. A very visually appealing young reader, detailing what happened when a world-class singer found no room at the inn, due to the hotel being whites-only. Marian Anderson was not known to me at all, and therefore neither was the true story we get here, of her being shepherded back to his home by none other than Albert Einstein, a witness to her concert. There they could bond over music and being victims of racism and persecution, a state Einstein was more vocally and actively against than she was. An incidental little episode of history, perhaps, but a welcome illustration of how the famous and the by-now-forgotten have been able to get together to counter bigotry. Brief two- or three-paragraph pages and great design make this ideal for school libraries' true stories sections. Four and a half stars.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rachel schumann

    Beautiful story and a helpful learning tool to help my son understand the past. It was sweet and simple and just lovely.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jenene Meyer

    Wow! I had no idea about this encounter! What an amazing story that connects Albert Einstein and Marian Anderson. Marian Anderson performs for an all white audience one night. When she doesn’t have a place to stay after her performance due to white only inns, Albert Einstein offers her a room at his home! He was in the audience during her performance. This blows me away. I was able to preview a digital copy of this book before the release date. I cannot wait to obtain a real copy!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Dang

    A touching and sweet story about an unlikely friendship. Based on a real life friendship between singer Marian Anderson and famous scientist Albert Einstein. It’s a great story and the artwork is absolutely adorable. I would highly recommend this book! It’s a sweet read and a really great story to learn! *Thanks Netgalley and Kar-Ben Publishing ® for sending me an arc in exchange for an honest review*

  29. 4 out of 5

    Donna Maguire

    Review to be added to Amazon UK and US on 1st April 2021 – publication day! I really enjoyed this book and it was a wonderful story. It was easy to follow and understand and the illustrations were great and it will help raise the issues that faced Marian Anderson and how African Americans were treated so different and unfairly in the past and how much we can learn from this story. It is 5 stars from me for this one, very highly recommended!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Karin Jensen

    How a Brilliant Scientist and Stunning Singer Became Devoted Friends Book Review It’s 1937 at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey, and Marian Anderson is one of America’s most famous singers. She has been performing music ranging from opera to spirituals with renowned orchestras in major venues throughout the U.S. and Europe for twelve years. In the theater are an all-white audience decked out in furs, diamonds, pearls, and tailored suits. But when the curtain parts, all eyes are on her. How a Brilliant Scientist and Stunning Singer Became Devoted Friends Book Review It’s 1937 at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey, and Marian Anderson is one of America’s most famous singers. She has been performing music ranging from opera to spirituals with renowned orchestras in major venues throughout the U.S. and Europe for twelve years. In the theater are an all-white audience decked out in furs, diamonds, pearls, and tailored suits. But when the curtain parts, all eyes are on her. As she performs, the audience is rapt. There’s one man in the front row with wild white hair and wrinkled clothes who taps his foot to the rhythm of her music. At the end of her performance, the audience erupts in a standing ovation, and Marian bows graciously. After her performance, when she is tired and foot-sore, she asks the theater owner to help her arrange a room at the nearby Nassau Inn for the night. He informs her that the Nassau is a whites-only hotel. He speaks so loudly that talking in the lobby momentarily ceases. None of the people in the lobby who had just been applauding her comes forward to assist -- none, except the man with the wild white hair who turns out to be none other than the famous scientist and mathematician, Albert Einstein. Einstein comes forward to rave about her performance and says that she must be tired after her exertion. He offers her his spare room for the night. Thus began an unlikely friendship that would last long after that evening. The Singer and the Scientist is a beautiful 32-page picture book by Lisa Rose for children ages 5-11 that tells a little-known story about the evening Marian Anderson and Albert Einstein became friends. That evening, over refreshments in his home, Einstein shared with Marian how he was from Germany and how things had become extremely difficult for Jewish people like himself in Europe. He told her how the Nazis had taken his house away from him and had even burned his book on the theory of relativity at a book burning at the town square. Over this conversation after the performance, they discovered not only their shared passion for music – Einstein played his violin for her – but also their shared hopes for a more just world. This book includes evocative illustrations that draw the reader into this intimate moment of history while staying true to the period’s aesthetic. The writing is simple, yet it helps even young children understand the big issues of racism, inclusion, and the importance of standing up for others. Although Albert Einstein was most famous as a scientist and mathematician, he was also a political activist who made speeches, wrote articles, and chaired many organizations urging the end of racism in America. Marion Anderson was uncomfortable as an activist. However, she would become an influential figure in African American artists’ struggle to overcome prejudice in the U.S. Famously, two years later, in 1939, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) refused to allow her to sing to an integrated audience in Constitution Hall in Washington D.C. However, with the help of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and her husband Franklin D. Roosevelt, Anderson performed an open-air concert on Easter Sunday, April 9, 1939, on the Lincoln Memorial steps in the capital. There she sang before an integrated crowd of more than 75,000 people and a radio audience in the millions. The Singer and the Scientist is a beautiful book for introducing history, concepts of injustice, the importance of kindness, and what it means to be a true friend. It will be available on March 31, 2021. Reference Marian Anderson, Wikipedia (This review first appeared with illustrations and media here: https://www.newsbreak.com/news/217163...)

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