Written by Tammy Gagne
Adele is part of the Blue Banner Biography series brought out by Mitchell Lane. The premise behind the series is that reluctant readers would be attracted to a book, if it tells a story they are interested in. It addresses the complaints that keep children away from books — too long, too boring, too old, or just not interesting. Young children are interested in the lives of their favorite stars, whether they be in sports, music, performance or writing. This series provides the biographies of contemporary superstars.
Adele is a young singer who has taken the music world by storm. She was nominated for six Grammys in the 2012 awards and won all six of them. The photograph showing Adele with an armful of trophies brings to the fore the rewards of talent and hard work. Certainly, her fans would like to read about her.
Music is her driving passion. At an age when other children were learning their ABCs, Adele was writing poetry. Her mom encouraged her talent. Often, five year old Adele would sing for her mom’s friends after dinner. Mom would arrange the lamps to focus on the pint-sized singer, creating a performance venue in their home!
Adele’s father returned to Wales when she was three years old. Her mother moved often in search of a job, but she does not remember her childhood as one of hardship. Mom filled life with music and fun. The young singer’s musical talents grew. She enrolled in the BRIT School, where she finally found her musical direction.
Fourth grade students would be amazed to read that even the successful singer gets very nervous before a performance, but goes on nonetheless. What makes her so successful is her powerful voice, and the honestly felt thoughts and ideas that she sings about.
The story is simply written. Young readers will not struggle with difficult words; there is an ease of comprehension. The full color photographs add to the readability.