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  As long as I have books to review I will try and post reviews on Mondays and Thursdays from now on.  I was just doing Tuesdays, but I think that this will be better.  Enjoy!

Author: Carole Boston Weatherford


Becoming Billie Holiday
is a collection of poems written by Carole Boston Weatherford.  Eleanora Holiday, who later changed her name to Billie after her favorite actress Billie Dove, had a hard life growing up.  Her mother was never there for very long, and her father only came to see her a couple times, and he never stayed long.  She was often left in the care of her mother’s friends or relatives.  When she was around 11-years-old she played hooky from school and got into trouble with the authorities.  She was sent to live one year at the House of the Good Shepherd for Colored Girls.  As she grew older she learned that she had a voice made for singing.  She sang at many clubs and tried to work her way up in life.  After many hardships, she became one of the most famous jazz singers!

This book was amazing!  I found it very informing about Bille Holiday’s life.  I didn’t think that it would be a very good book, but boy was I wrong.  The illustrations were really good; they really brought the poems to life.  This will be a book that I will go back and read several times over.

Overall I would give it 5 stars!


One Comment

  1. wow! This sounds good!

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