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I Am Dolly Parton

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The legendary country musician, reading advocate, and philanthropist Dolly Parton is the 28th in the New York Times bestselling picture book biography series for ages 5 to 8. This book spotlights Dolly Parton, known for her beloved country songs, who has also sent over 150 million free books to children through her Imagination Library. This friendly, fun biography series ins The legendary country musician, reading advocate, and philanthropist Dolly Parton is the 28th in the New York Times bestselling picture book biography series for ages 5 to 8. This book spotlights Dolly Parton, known for her beloved country songs, who has also sent over 150 million free books to children through her Imagination Library. This friendly, fun biography series inspired the PBS Kids TV show Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum. One great role model at a time, these books encourage kids to dream big. Included in each book are: - A timeline of key events in the hero's history - Photos that bring the story more fully to life - Comic-book-style illustrations that are irresistibly adorable - Childhood moments that influenced the hero - Facts that make great conversation-starters - A character trait that made the person heroic and that readers can aspire to You'll want to collect each book in this dynamic, informative series!


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The legendary country musician, reading advocate, and philanthropist Dolly Parton is the 28th in the New York Times bestselling picture book biography series for ages 5 to 8. This book spotlights Dolly Parton, known for her beloved country songs, who has also sent over 150 million free books to children through her Imagination Library. This friendly, fun biography series ins The legendary country musician, reading advocate, and philanthropist Dolly Parton is the 28th in the New York Times bestselling picture book biography series for ages 5 to 8. This book spotlights Dolly Parton, known for her beloved country songs, who has also sent over 150 million free books to children through her Imagination Library. This friendly, fun biography series inspired the PBS Kids TV show Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum. One great role model at a time, these books encourage kids to dream big. Included in each book are: - A timeline of key events in the hero's history - Photos that bring the story more fully to life - Comic-book-style illustrations that are irresistibly adorable - Childhood moments that influenced the hero - Facts that make great conversation-starters - A character trait that made the person heroic and that readers can aspire to You'll want to collect each book in this dynamic, informative series!

30 review for I Am Dolly Parton

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Brown

    Dolly is pretty amazing! I read this story in her voice like she was narrating it in my head 😁 I have read books about her but it's always nice to find out other little tidbits about her life. Dolly is pretty amazing! I read this story in her voice like she was narrating it in my head 😁 I have read books about her but it's always nice to find out other little tidbits about her life.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Christie

    I couldn’t not buy this book! I was raised on Dolly and since my mom passed almost 4 years ago, I’ve brought her even more into my life, finding comfort and joy in her music. I’m also a huge Brad Meltzer fan - love his books and miss his TV show. I loved this description of Dolly’s life even though I already know it so well. My mom grew up in Alabama, in a small house with a dirt floor, newspaper on the walls and no indoor plumbing (very similar to Dolly’s upbringing). She always said that as ki I couldn’t not buy this book! I was raised on Dolly and since my mom passed almost 4 years ago, I’ve brought her even more into my life, finding comfort and joy in her music. I’m also a huge Brad Meltzer fan - love his books and miss his TV show. I loved this description of Dolly’s life even though I already know it so well. My mom grew up in Alabama, in a small house with a dirt floor, newspaper on the walls and no indoor plumbing (very similar to Dolly’s upbringing). She always said that as kids, they didn’t really know they were poor because they had what they needed plus a lot of love. That same sentiment/philosophy came through in this book without it having to be said aloud. I loved the art and visuals, and the focus on what I believe were pretty important aspects and experiences in Dolly’s life without going overboard. A beautiful book for all ages!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    The series does justice to Dolly Parton in a big way with this biography which features her humble beginnings through her perseverance in making music and movies before creating her Imagination Library and Dollywood. It's all due to her creativity and love of people and beautiful things that she didn't let anyone tell her she couldn't do anything and she had talent too. I didn't realize Johnny Cash introduced her at the Grand Ole Opry that early in her life. I also didn't know there's a replica The series does justice to Dolly Parton in a big way with this biography which features her humble beginnings through her perseverance in making music and movies before creating her Imagination Library and Dollywood. It's all due to her creativity and love of people and beautiful things that she didn't let anyone tell her she couldn't do anything and she had talent too. I didn't realize Johnny Cash introduced her at the Grand Ole Opry that early in her life. I also didn't know there's a replica of her house in Dollywood (which I've never been), but I certainly love learning about Dolly whether it's through her music, documentaries, and the cool audiobook which she narrates.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    It’s going to take more research than I want to do right now but why isn’t Johnny Cash in black? Even if that wasn’t accurate to the event I feel like it would make more sense for him as a character here? Same issue with the artwork infantilizing the MC. I get the idea and I see it working but it hits differently when the person is a woman or a young person surrounded by these realistic adults. Also, frankly, a big part of Dolly is her figure and how she had to fight to be taken seriously while h It’s going to take more research than I want to do right now but why isn’t Johnny Cash in black? Even if that wasn’t accurate to the event I feel like it would make more sense for him as a character here? Same issue with the artwork infantilizing the MC. I get the idea and I see it working but it hits differently when the person is a woman or a young person surrounded by these realistic adults. Also, frankly, a big part of Dolly is her figure and how she had to fight to be taken seriously while having big breasts. Which is totally erased here even when she is at her adult years in the story. Also also having her in a high chair while talking to Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda on the set of 9 to 5--I mean, what??? Glad the book mentions her funding covid research but why did the timeline stop at 1999? These books are so messy.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    One of my favorites in this top-notch nonfiction series for young readers (especially great for reluctant readers or those who think they might not like nonfiction). Great format, well-told story, and the same great illustrations we've come to expect from the 'I Am' cannon. One of my favorites in this top-notch nonfiction series for young readers (especially great for reluctant readers or those who think they might not like nonfiction). Great format, well-told story, and the same great illustrations we've come to expect from the 'I Am' cannon.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Yapha

    Great introduction to Dolly Parton and her life and contributions to both music and philanthropy. I felt that the poverty of her early childhood was downplayed and romanticized. It's a little tricky with the target audience. For grades 2 & up. Great introduction to Dolly Parton and her life and contributions to both music and philanthropy. I felt that the poverty of her early childhood was downplayed and romanticized. It's a little tricky with the target audience. For grades 2 & up.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Stasia

    I liked the beginning, but the ending seemed redundant and agenda pushing.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    4.5

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Wilden

    Audiobook is awesome!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    I've always had a love for Dolly Parton. And now my kids can understand a little more of why! I've always had a love for Dolly Parton. And now my kids can understand a little more of why!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Morlando K

    We love the ordinary people series! I love that it teaches the kids they can change things even if they are regular people. We can celebrate people who aren't famous. We love the ordinary people series! I love that it teaches the kids they can change things even if they are regular people. We can celebrate people who aren't famous.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bibi Silvas

    4.5 stars

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nidharshana Vijay

  15. 5 out of 5

    Douglas Joseph

  16. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

  17. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

  18. 5 out of 5

    Chrissy

  19. 5 out of 5

    Scott Gibson

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dragon Is In Her Book Cave

  21. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Rose

  22. 4 out of 5

    Karen

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Wruck

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amy

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bob

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lillian

  27. 5 out of 5

    Marsha

  28. 5 out of 5

    April

  29. 4 out of 5

    Robbi C

  30. 4 out of 5

    Robin

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