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Django by Bonnie Christensen
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Feb 18, 12

bookshelves: picture-books, info-bios, mc-lit
Read in February, 2012

Jean Reinhardt, also known as Django ("I awake"), was a gypsy who learned to play the violin as a small child, eventually moving on to the banjo guitar. He was so skilled that he played all of Europe and was invited to join several big bands until a fire in his gyspy wagon burnt his hand so badly that no one thought he'd ever be able to play agian. After months of dedicated playing, Django regained enough mobility in his hand to play again and continue sharing his music with audiences around Europe. In addition to its watercolor illustrations, the book's written langauge is short and lyrical, almost like poetry. This book has the potential to be used in a unit on jazz musicians, or those overcoming adversity.
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