Nonfiction Monday: Oprah:The Little Speaker

Do you watch Oprah?  Subscribe to her magazine O?  Have you wondered about her childhood. Thanks to Carole Boston Weatherford’s book,  Oprah: the Little Speaker readers get an inside look of Oprah as a child. 

Oprah was a child raised by her grandmother because her mother was a maid and her “daddy a soldier passing through”. Strong, loving Mama Hattie, Oprah’s  grandmother surrounded her with Bible scriptures and church. Oprah fed the animals on the farm and emptied the slop jar. At three, Oprah could read and shortly thereafter, she began public speaking in church by reciting Bible verses.  Oprah suffered bullying because of her gift.  She was called “Miss Jesus or the “Preacher”. 

Weatherford’s writes lyrical paragraphs followed by an italicized  sentence “Surely, God was smiling too,” and “learned to lean on God just like Mama did.”  Readers will gain a sense of how faith, perseverance, and love provided the platform for the adult Oprah. London Ladd’s acrylic painting reflect the somber determination of the little speaker.  It’s a great book for young readers to learn about determination and speaking up.


As the CYBILS  Nonfiction Picture Book organizer, publishers were generous with review copies.  I have a three book prize package to giveaway this week: Oprah: The Little Speaker, Paul Robeson by Eloise Green Field, and Ben and the Emancipation Proclamation by Pat Sherman.

Simply leave a comment here by Sunday February 27, 9:00 PM PST.  I will announce the winner next Monday.  I will be giving out three more books on Wednesday so watch for that.

Nonfiction Monday is being held at  Three Turtles and Their Pet Librarian. Thanks for hosting.

Happy Monday. Happy Reading.



2 thoughts on “Nonfiction Monday: Oprah:The Little Speaker

  1. Hi Jone! This is one of those books that makes me go, “Urgh! Why didn’t I think of that?” I love Oprah, and have collected many an Oprah quote and even done some research for a magazine article about her early life. Oh well! I’m glad to see someone else took it on, and it sounds like they did a good job with it too. Thanks for the review! 🙂

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