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Django by Bonnie Christensen
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Jul 13, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: biographies, childrens-picture-books

This is the inspiring story of Django, a stellar jazz guitarist of the '30s and '40s, who suffered terrible burns to his hands when a candle fell over one night and engulfed his room in flames. It seemed he would never be able to play guitar again, and he almost despaired. But, the music was in his heart and it had to come out! He overcame his physical challenges and went on to play even more successfully than before his accident.

The story is told in a delightfully rhythmic way that really evokes music and the illustrations are bright and pleasant though I'm not sure I was an especial fan of the style.

The Author's Note explains more about Django's story, the type of instrument he played (a "banjo-guitar") and about his people, the Roma ("gypsies").

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Kathryn That is actually one that is coming up on the polls for the Picture Book Club as someone suggested it a while back. If it doesn't win, though, I would love for us to start a thread :-)

Kathryn I am excited about that theme, too! :-)

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