Oprah Winfrey (Biography (A & E))

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9780822549994: Oprah Winfrey (Biography (A & E))

Chronicles the life of the entertainer and businesswoman from her difficult childhood through the success of her television talkshow and book club.

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Gr. 6-9. Like other books in the Just the Facts Biographies series, this title targets reluctant, struggling, and ESL readers with basic sentence constructions, simple vocabulary, and clear explanations of concepts. Using just enough facts and without sensationalizing, Krohn discusses Winfrey's difficult experiences (teen pregnancy, childhood sexual abuse) as well as her triumphs. Fact boxes explore relevant topics, such as the civil rights movement and affirmative action, in greater detail. Young people will particularly enjoy the smattering of color and black-and-white photographs of the media mogul throughout her life, including a high-school yearbook picture. The straightforward presentation manages to be informative and accessible without talking down to its audience, making it a good crossover for adult literacy students. Readers will find plenty to support reports here, but many will pick this up on their own for the inspiring, uplifting story. A glossary, source notes, and suggested readings close this solid entry in a new series. Gillian Engberg
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