Jean Ritchie (1922-2015) was the youngest of fourteen siblings in what her autobiography dubbed the Singing Family of the Cumberlands, a traditional family that lived in Perry County, Kentucky. This picture book, recommended for ages 7-14, tells the story of her rise to prominence as a nationally-known folk singer known for preserving traditional songs and composing songs that protested environmental threats to the land she loved. She was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts. "A hearty portrait of the 'Mother of Folk,' emphasizing the belief that music can create change." --Publishers Weekly. “The illustrations leap off the page with characters that will remind older readers of stop-motion animation, here set against collage backgrounds. In stark scenes, children will also learn about the art of protest songs and Ritchie's own work against strip mining. A great addition to existing literature on climate change, this biography adds the subject to the rich list of activists explored in today's literature. Ritchie's words are featured throughout; the eccentric art fits the atmosphere of Ritchie's life and the heart of the book perfectly.” – Aryssa Damron. This is the same author/illustrator team that created Saving Granddaddy’s Stories: Ray Hicks, the Voice of Appalachia.
New York: Reycraft Books, 2021. A 32-page picture book illustrated by Sophie Page. 11.75” X 9.5” hardback in dust jacket.