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Dazzlin' Dolly by Suzanne Slade
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Sep 20, 2022 | ISBN 9781635928419

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“A title brimming with love for a favorite country music star. Slade’s text includes quotes from Parton and adopts a down-home voice for the narration as she returns to Dolly’s Tennessee roots to tell her rags-to-riches coming-of-age story….Fotheringham incorporates symbols and motifs…that are important to Parton’s career or figure prominently in her lyrics, which will delight those familiar with her catalog. A new generation will understand why we will always love this iconic singer/songwriter.” Kirkus Reviews

“Free verse peppered with Southern dialect and colloquialisms reads like a ballad of Dolly Parton’s perseverance on her rise to stardom in this spirited picture book biography…Slade’s alliterative, rhythmic lines dynamically resonate with the book’s subject. Focusing on Dolly, portrayed throughout wearing pops of red, Fotheringham’s digitally rendered artwork leaves backgrounds sketchy and muted for contrast, an apt visual metaphor for the biography’s ‘dazzlin’ ’ subject.” —Publishers Weekly

“The tale of Dolly Parton’s rise to fame is one of rags to riches, in which a resourceful and determined young girl is able to make it big…Readers will find a lot of charm here, and the illustrations bring one back to the period, into the rural Tennessee mountains, and ultimately to the big city, where Dolly finally finds fame.” —Booklist

“Young readers will be inspired by this story of a girl who always knew what she wanted, and didn’t let difficult circumstances, or setbacks like stage fright, stand in her way….an entertaining look at a true national treasure that should be included in classroom and library biography collections in need of some contemporary heroes.  Readers in grades 2-5 will enjoy learning about Dolly’s childhood (even if they aren’t necessarily fans of her music), and it will be valuable for biography research projects as well.” —Youth Services Book Review

“Suzanne Slade weaves an engaging account of Dolly Parton’s music-filled childhood in the Tennessee mountains, her first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry as a thirteen-year-old, and her move to Nashville after high school. Beautifully illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham, this charming book will inspire young readers to nurture and follow their own dreams, just as Dolly did.” —Lydia Hamessley, professor of music at Hamilton College and author of Unlikely Angel: The Songs of Dolly Parton

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