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Who Was Elvis Presley? (Who Was/Is...?)

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Put on your blue suede shoes and get ready for the latest title in the Who Was...? series! The King could not have come from humbler origins: Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, during the Depression, he grew up with the blues music of the rural South, the gospel music of local churches, and the country-western classics. But he forged a sound all his own-and a look that was all h ...more
ebook, 112 pages
Published August 16th 2007 by Grosset & Dunlap (first published August 1st 2007)
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Nicholas Papavero
He was the king of rock and roll! Very tough life when he was singing
Sheryl
Jan 13, 2015 Sheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book gives a brief, accurate account of the life of Elvis Presley.
Carol
Sep 18, 2012 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
My 7-year old daughter, Beatrice, is an Elvis fan. Actually, fanatic might be a better description. She was from the very first moment she heard him sing. When she was four, she discovered there was an Elvis "Barbie" doll and she had to have it (now she has two!). When she was five, we toured Graceland. She absorbed every part of the tour, wanted to hear parts of the recorded tour more than once and loved every second of it.

So, when she brought this book home from the school library, there was
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Liam
Nov 30, 2015 Liam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought the book Who was Elvis Presley was pretty good because it had good interesting facts about Elvis's life like how his mom died. I thought it could have used a little bit more text so the book was longer. I thought the pictures could have used a little more detail and more time. I thought it was cool how he went to a recording studio to record his songs. I think it could have used more facts because that would have made there more text, make the book longer, and it would have made it a 5 ...more
Slow Man
Jun 15, 2017 Slow Man rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
I am not particularly fond of The King but I read this anyway because I have to know a few other facts about him. This introductory biography shows his rise to fame, the downhill of his career and his comeback and then his downfall again. The King has left, John Lennon too, and we readers read on.
CalebWebb
May 05, 2017 CalebWebb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: read the book
Recommended to CalebWebb by: no one
It was a lovely book. It was very halarious. It had amazing facts about his life.
Brenda
May 27, 2017 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book about Elvis. While most of the facts were things I already knew there were a few things that I didn't know. A great little series.
Tyler Robillard
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Mary Kim
Oct 11, 2016 Mary Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Put on your blue suede shoes and get ready for another addition to the Who Was…? series! The King could not have come from humbler origins: Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, during the Depression, he grew up with the blues music of the rural South, the gospel music of local churches, and the country-western classics. But he forged a sound all his own—and a look that was all his ...more
Abby B.
Dec 19, 2016 Abby B. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who Was Elvis Presley
Geoff Edgers
Block 4

Who Was Elvis Presley, is a very interesting book about Elvis's life story. Some people might have thought that Elvis had a perfect life, but when you read this book you begin to wonder what went wrong. Elvis grew up in a very poor part of town with his mother and father. His family did not have much money growing up. As a young boy Elvis had a passion for music. Also, he had a very strong connection to his mother. His mother was a large part of his music
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Melissa Pendleton
This biography of Elvis takes the reader through his life as a young child growing up in poverty to his struggles as a rock star. While I appreciate the comprehensive nature of the text, I do wonder if children will struggle with some of topics presented in the book. For example, young children may be confused by the dating age difference between Priscilla and Elvis or the mention of depression and repeated drug use. Also, children may not understand the complexity of Elvis' relationship with Co ...more
Lisa  Skripps
“One for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, now go cat go!” Who else could captivate audiences the way that Elvis could? In Who Was Elvis Presley?, Geoff Edgars introduces readers to the world of Elvis Presley. Children will learn about Elvis’s life from birth, to living in poverty, to his rise to the “King.” The book is filled with illustrations to help children to imagine what Elvis looked like. Edgars also includes inserts to explain the time period. For example, before talking ...more
Kazuhiro Furuhashi
1. GROSSET&DUNLAP

2.12/14=110min

3.rock and roll, sunglasses, long sideburns, regent style, movie star, poor, guitar

4a. Elvis listened to those black singers, mainly from records other kids had. And he loved that music.
Rhythm and blues music helped make Elvis a big star. He sang R&Bin his own special way.


4b. When he was a child, there was no rock and roll because he made a rock and roll. It means he is pioneer of rock and roll. But I didn't know how he made rock and roll. Through this book
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Cody Gould
Dec 09, 2016 Cody Gould rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lola
Oct 13, 2011 Lola rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young rock lovers
Whenever I think of Elvis Presley, I think of two things: a sock-hop my elementary school won when I was in the fourth grade and an old story of my dad's. When he was a teenager, he went with his older sisters to see Elvis. Apparently, it was towards the end of Elvis's life when he was out of shape. Elvis was wearing one of his famous white jumpsuits. He played a set, introduced his band for thirty minutes, wiped his face on a washcloth and tossed out to the crowd, and left! Everyone just sat t ...more
Michael K
Oct 25, 2016 Michael K rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
October - Who Was Elvis Presley - Geoff Edgers

Elvis Presley, the best singer, he played the guitar and piano, and he was a good dancer! Elvis was even a great actor he was in many movies in the span of his life. First lets meet Elvis Presley he was a great guy with great musical history. The types of music he made were rock 'n' roll, pop, and blues. Was born in Memphis Tennessee and served two years as an American sergeant. Next let's meet for Priscilla Presley. She Elvis's wife from 1867 to 1
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Kosuke Arai
Jul 02, 2016 Kosuke Arai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1.80min
2.penguin reader
3. poor, shy, Memphis, very special, handsome, TV, dirty dancing
4. 'But I would never sing in public. I was very shy about it, you know.' I was very surprised because although he was a great singer and not afraid to perform in front of a lot of people, he had such a experience. Of course, almost people has this kind of mind, but the thing what the star like he also had it is very impressive.
5. He was obviously origin of Rock'n'Roll. He expressed what is Rock'n'Roll by usin
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Clayton Maxwell
Jan 08, 2017 Clayton Maxwell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book "Who Was Elvis Presley?" by Geoff Edgers is about Elvis Presley's life. Elvis Presley was a poor child born on January 8th, 1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi. Everyone who saw Elvis said that he had something special. He could sing and play the guitar, and he was amazing at both of those hobbies. He was also different from everyone in that time period, for example, he would slick his hair back, wear tight clothes, and his dances were very different. Although parents didn't like Presley at al ...more
Meep
Jan 23, 2014 Meep rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent elementary level nonfiction series. "Who Was Elvis Presley?" is the second book I've read from this series (the first was Dr Suess) and I can't wait to share it with my students. The text is simple and straightforward and it doesn't gloss over the uglier facts of Elvis's life, such as his drug addiction and nasty temper; many biographies for children read more like hagiograpies, skipping the unpleasant truths about their subjects, but the Who Was...? series doesn't shy away ...more
Dylan Bernaud
May 09, 2016 Dylan Bernaud rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book "Who was Elvis Presley" by Pam Pollack was a great book. It was all about the life of Elvis Presley. Elvis was so popular and well known that he was know as "The King." Elvis Presley was married to a girl named Persila. Elvis Presley will always be known as one of the greatest musicians of all time.

In my opinion, I think this book was pretty good. I just wish that Pam Pollack would have given more information about Elvis Presley and his life. But I really enjoyed this book!

I would rec
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Danielle D.
Dec 21, 2012 Danielle D. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elvis Presley was a twin, his twin died a little after he was born. His ife growing up was poor and would always sing. He got an agent and became famous.Sadly his mother died. After a while he got married and then they lived a good life and then got divorced and then he died on the gorund of the toilet. I thought it was very goodinfo and very organized by chapter. Some things i disliked was the way the pictures were and it needed more info about his childhood like his family. This book matched i ...more
Elaina Carsten
Jul 29, 2015 Elaina Carsten rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book in the Library. I really like these types of books because they teach you something and they are really easy to read. I really liked being able to spend the day in the Library reading. It was really fun because I could also go on the computers anytime I wanted to. I liked this book because I like learning more about music...I also like reading in general. This book was really good.
Takuya Kitaura
Jul 20, 2013 Takuya Kitaura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
penguin level3
Time 7/19 30min 7/20 40min
7 word summary Mississippi-Elvis-The-King-Rock'n'Roll-guitar-star
Discussion question

Presley was a great singer. He is so cool. When he was a child, however, he was so shy. He became aggressive person.

Have you ever changed your character?

Yes, I have. I was also shy when I
was a child. However, I am not shy now.

I like Presley very much. He was The King of Rock'n'Roll. I would like to listen to his songs.
Amanda
Nov 06, 2014 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading about Elvis's life and learning some cool facts about him. However, I was a bit disappointed that some parts weren't age appropriate. It is supposed to be a 4th-grade level book, but, in my mind, the author could have omitted certain things, particularly his sex appeal and drug use. Other than that, I enjoyed it. I just will be skipping over a few parts when I read it to my kids.
Carson Hayes
Sep 15, 2016 Carson Hayes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who was Elvis Presley? Is a short informational book about Elvis Presley and the hardships that he had in his life and great things he had in his life. It really tells you about his life.
My opinion is that this book is great and really informs you about Elvis and makes you connect on a personal level.
I would recommend this book to people who like Elvis or like nonfiction books about people in general, If you love music and elvis read this book.
Kanae Kamiya
1. Grosset&Dunlop
2.11/23=60 11/24=35
3.singer soro artist usa rock famous king
4.Most remarkable point is ”Beatles” respect him. Now, there are many people who respect Beatles, so it is wonderful truth! In addition he appear on the screen in many times. He is surely handsome.haha
5.I was surprised this is unexpectedly recent story! There is no rock n roll if he was not born... Now, band is boom in Japan, I am also a member of the band. We have to respect him!!!
Wade
Jan 25, 2011 Wade rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Lily's growing reading skills have resulted in a short hiatus from the Who Was series in favor of Dino-Pals. It took Elvis to bring us back. Lily liked that Elvis “was in a lot of movies and that he did lots of concerts." She also liked "that he was a guitar player AND he that he sang too”, she thought it was strange that he had an outhouse when he was a kid. Wade had no idea that Elvis had a twin brother. Lily and Wade enjoyed watching the 'Aloha from Hawaii' concert on youtube.
Justis
Nov 13, 2015 Justis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Mason
Feb 03, 2017 Mason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Even my grandma loves this book. Elvis was poor when he was young. Then he went to a music company called Sun Studios and starts to record music. Then Elvis becomes popular and then famous when only 21 years old. My favorite part is when Elvis buys a pink Cadillac for his mom and buys a manshand with a pool for his family because he was a respectful man.
Jessie Glaws
This book was very informational. I thought it was interesting because there was a lot of things that I didn't know about Elvis Presley. It says his entire life story like how he felt after concerts and his family. Also, it adds interesting details about how people think he is still alive and when people spotted him.
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Edgers is a reporter for the Living/Arts section of The Boston Globe, covering arts and culture. His beat ranges from music and museums to popular culture. His work has appeared in Wired, GQ, and Spin magazines, and he has published several children's books.
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