Brière-Haquet, Alice

Nina: Jazz Legend and Civil-Rights Activist Nina Simone

(3) K-3 Translated by Julie Cormier. Illustrated by Bruno Liance. From the cover showing young African American Nina reaching for black piano keys to the spread of adult Nina playing piano surrounded by white musicians, this book is simultaneously quiet and powerful. In a fictionalized first-person voice, Brière-Haquet frames Simone's tale through Nina's bedtime story to her child, introducing seminal moments in the activist and jazz legend's life. Liance's pixilated black-and-white illustrations are highly resonant.


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