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How Sweet the Sound: The Story of “Amazing Grace”



by
Carole Boston Weatherford
illustrated by
Frank Morrison

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Simon & Schuster
Imprint
Atheneum
ISBN
9781481472067
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This picture book biography of John Newton, the man behind the hymn "Amazing Grace" is also an ode to the song.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

48

Trim Size

11" x 11"

Dewey

264/.23092

AR

3.3: points 0.5

Lexile

AD600L

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jun 2018

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist*, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

On board the slave ship Greyhound is rough-and-tumble British sailor John Newton, who, caught in a terrible storm and fearing for his life, recalls the events that brought him to this harrowing moment. Upon safely reaching land, Newton devotes himself to God and turns his life around. Later in life, Newton becomes a minister, speaks out against slavery, and pens the now-famous lyrics to “Amazing Grace.” From here, Weatherford traces the evolution of the hymn, as it makes its way to North America, finds a tune, continues to grow, and becomes a beacon throughout U.S. history—from a cotton plantation to the Trail of Tears, through the Civil War, the civil rights movement, and on to Barack Obama’s presidency. The book then concludes with the lyrics to the song. Written in spare rhyming verse, every word is deliberate, and every line carefully crafted to maintain the meter, resulting in a striking trochaic rhythm that begs to be read aloud, but may also leave young readers that lack historical context confused about the time line of events; an author’s note at the back of the book helps to fill in some of the details missing from or merely alluded to in the text. What truly makes the book stand out are Morrison’s stunning oil paintings, which vividly bring to life Newton’s personal experiences and moments of larger historical importance. Suggestions for further reading, listening, and viewing are also included. VERDICT A richly illustrated, if sparely written, account of the history and legacy of “Amazing Grace” for medium to large collections.—Lauren Strohecker, McKinley Elementary School, Elkins Park, PA

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

On board the slave ship Greyhound is rough-and-tumble British sailor John Newton, who, caught in a terrible storm and fearing for his life, recalls the events that brought him to this harrowing moment. Upon safely reaching land, Newton devotes himself to God and turns his life around. Later in life, Newton becomes a minister, speaks out against slavery, and pens the now-famous lyrics to “Amazing Grace.” From here, Weatherford traces the evolution of the hymn, as it makes its way to North America, finds a tune, continues to grow, and becomes a beacon throughout U.S. history—from a cotton plantation to the Trail of Tears, through the Civil War, the civil rights movement, and on to Barack Obama’s presidency. The book then concludes with the lyrics to the song. Written in spare rhyming verse, every word is deliberate, and every line carefully crafted to maintain the meter, resulting in a striking trochaic rhythm that begs to be read aloud, but may also leave young readers that lack historical context confused about the time line of events; an author’s note at the back of the book helps to fill in some of the details missing from or merely alluded to in the text. What truly makes the book stand out are Morrison’s stunning oil paintings, which vividly bring to life Newton’s personal experiences and moments of larger historical importance. Suggestions for further reading, listening, and viewing are also included. VERDICT A richly illustrated, if sparely written, account of the history and legacy of “Amazing Grace” for medium to large collections.—Lauren Strohecker, McKinley Elementary School, Elkins Park, PA

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