Who Was Pete Seeger? – by Noel MacCarry, illustrated by Stephen Marchesi


       Who Was Pete Seeger? (Who Was…?) – by Noel MacCarry, illustrated by Stephen Marchesi, Grosset & Dunlap, (9780448484754), 2017.

Format: Paperback

Rating: 1-5:  (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre: Non-fiction

What did you like about the book? This biography of folk singer Pete Seeger reveals a complex and controversial individual who used music to rally people to causes in which he believed, such as civil rights, unions, better government and fighting pollution. Born in 1919, Seeger was introduced to folk music by his musician parents. He earned money through a hodgepodge of music-related jobs including transcribing folk songs for the Library of Congress and performing individually and as part of two groups: the Almanac Singers and the Weavers. Seeger’s uncompromising commitment to stand by his conscience despite the consequences is communicated in an age appropriate way and with explanations of the terms Communism, unions and blacklisting. As with others in the series, despite its brevity (about one hundred pages) and black and white sketched illustrations, this book does a nice job communicating the subject’s life and legacy.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommend to young people in third to sixth grade for browsing and report writing.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries.

Where would you shelve it?  Shelve with other Biographies.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Not necessary.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA

Date of review:  7/1/17

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