The girl's drive and her grandmother's strength emanate from Ladd's (March On!: The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World) bold acrylic paintings, which feature closeup, lifelike portraits. ~ Publisher’s Weekly

Ladd's acrylic paintings dominate the spreads. His palette favors warm earthy colors; his depiction of Oprah and her family are somewhat reminiscent of the intensity and emotion found in Jacob Lawrence's work. The book makes it clear that despite the odds against her, little Oprah was determined to lead a very different kind of life as an adult. ~ Children’s Literature

Ladd's painterly oils are well executed and do a good job of depicting the setting and time period ~ School Library Journal