“Miley Cyrus” is the name of a 2009 children’s book in a series called Remarkable People. It’s a 24-page biography highlighting key events in the life of Miley Cyrus up until 2008.
If you’re wondering why an adult is writing about this book, it’s because brief recaps of a person’s life are interesting, but public libraries tend to gear such books towards small children. If you leave the children’s section of the library and head towards the adult section, you run the risk of encountering biographies that are about 1,000 pages about the life of one person.
What also makes this Miley bio so desirable is that it gives a brief lesson on how to write a biography. Anyone who has contemplated writing a biography, but never thought about structure, will find this book’s formula is as easy to understand as a basic math problem. Most of us learned how to develop a plot and write a fictional story when we were young, but how many of us remember learning how to write a biography?
The book shows how to use a concept web as a guide for a biography. The central bubble in the lesson has “Write a Biography” in the middle. The surrounding bubbles read:
- Help and Obstacles
- Work and Preparation
- Main Accomplishments
- Your Opinion
You can create a web of facts off of these subjects by using lines and bullet points. Who knew it could be that simple? It’s really not that simple to write a biography, but it’s easy to understand how to go about it when the process is explained simply.
Children’s books can offer up some interesting facts that aren’t well known. For instance, it’s a given that Miley shot to super-stardom when she landed her role on “Hannah Montana,” but how many people know she auditioned for it more than 10 times? She was also in “Big Fish” before going onto “Hannah Montana,” but it’s not a movie that people generally associate her with.
With that said, there’s only so much we can learn from a children’s biography. Controversial things were left out. The book mentions that someone posted a nasty rumor about Miley on the internet and her feelings were hurt. The book doesn’t say what that rumor was, and it might be because little kids are too young to hear it.
There are a lot of short children’s biographies about TV stars. On the back of the book, Remarkable People also lists Katie Couric and Steve Irwin as people they’ve written biographies about.