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WOSU Public Media Radio listed Little Piano Girl among their 15 Great Children’s Books About African American Musicians And Dancers. From the article:
Mary Lou Williams was one of the great jazz pianists of all time, but possibly by virtue of her sex, her name is eclipsed by those of Art Tatum, Thelonius Monk and Jelly Roll Morton.
The Little Piano Girl makes Williams’ life story and accomplishments mainstream reading for children.
The book also carries an inspiring message: Be yourself, embrace your talent and follow your dreams. Those dreams might someday take you around the world!
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Brain Pickings reviewed The Little Piano Girl, noting “What emerges is not only a wonderful addition to the loveliest picture-books celebrating creative luminaries, but also a bold antidote to the striking statistics that only 31 percent of children’s books feature female protagonists and a mere 0.3 percent include characters of color.”