Armand, Glenda

Song in a Rainstorm: The Story of Musical Prodigy Thomas "Blind Tom" Wiggins

(3) K-3 Illustrated by Brittany Jackson. Born blind and enslaved in 1849 Georgia, pianist Tom Wiggins's musical genius ultimately saved him from being considered "a defective piece of property." His master--seeing "a business opportunity"--nurtured and celebrated the young slave's talents. Wiggins appears carefree in Jackson's cartoon illustrations; Armand's straightforward narrative doesn't gloss over Wiggins's and his family's exploitation by his master/manager. An author's note offers more biographical details. A select list of sources is appended.


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