Oprah: The Little Speaker

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At age three, Oprah began performing in churches, becoming known to adoring crowds as the Little Speaker. When she was asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she answered, "I want to be paid to talk." Here is the story of Oprah Winfrey’s childhood, a story about a little girl on a Mississippi pig farm who grew up to be the "Queen of Talk." The host of the Emmy Award–winning Oprah Winfrey Show , she currently directs a media empire that includes television and movie productions, magazines, a book club, and radio shows. An author’s note is included.

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Author Carole Boston Weatherford is the author of Obama: Only in America; First Pooch: The Obamas Pick a Pet; and Racing Against the Odds: The Story of Wendell Scott, Stock Car Racing’s African-American Champion. She is also the author of other biographies about prominent African-American figures. A Fayetteville State University professor, Carole lives with her husband, son, and daughter in High Point, North Carolina.

Illustrator London Ladd lives in Syracuse, New York.

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Grade 2–4—For the first six years of her life, Oprah Winfrey lived with her strict but caring grandmother on a humble farm in Mississippi. Even as a small child, she performed in public by reciting and reading Bible verses in church. This picture book only deals with that part of the celebrity's life, showing the importance of her grandmother in Winfrey's childhood. On each spread Weatherford presents a short, lyrical paragraph about the child, then adds a single italicized sentence of religious commentary like, "God had shone a light on her." The choice of language and the extra commentary suggest the rhythms of speech and the religious culture that surrounded Winfrey as she grew up in the mid-20th-century South. Weatherford's text is similar in style to her writing in Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom (Hyperion, 2006). Unfortunately, this book is not as beautifully illustrated as that book. Ladd's painterly oils are well executed and do a good job of depicting the setting and time period but lack the emotional force found in Moses. Oprah fans will enjoy this book because it gives insight into the formation of her character, but for others it is a secondary purchase.—Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT
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