The Singer and The Scientist by Lisa Rose-Illustrated by Isabel Muñoz

Singer, Marion Anderson, and Scientist, Albert Einstein, find they share the hurt of prejudice and the love of music.

Lisa Rose lives near Detroit, Michigan. She likes to swim, practice yoga, and eat ice cream, but not at the same time.

Isabel studied Fine Arts at the University Complutense of Madrid, Spain. Painting for a living was her dream, and now she’s proud to be the illustrator of several children books. She works from a tiny and colorful studio in northern Spain.

Grateful Reader Review by Dorothy Schwab

Singer Marian Anderson and scientist Albert Einstein cross paths in 1937 at a performance in New Jersey. In a time of racial and religious discrimination in America, Albert Einstein shows kindness to Marian by inviting her to stay at his home when she is denied lodging at the nearby hotel. The glimpse into Germany and the treatment of Jews through Albert’s eyes and Marian’s plight will evoke sympathy in hearts of young readers and is relevant in today’s social climate. Young readers may not have heard of Marian Anderson but through Albert and Marian’s sharing of life stories over years of friendship Rose creates a connection between science, music, and math. Historical connections to Eleanor Roosevelt, the DAR, and the Lincoln Memorial in the Author’s Notes are links for further correlation and study. Rose’s choice of wording is both melodic and rhythmic for reading aloud, and themes of doing what is right and showing kindness makes The Singer and the Scientist a current and fulfilling addition to any library.

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