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Before John Was a Jazz Giant by Carole Boston Weatherford
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Oct 17, 2011

really liked it

Before John Was a Jazz Giant

Genre: Historical fiction

Summary: This story re-counts how the childhoon experiences of John Coltrane were responsible for the soulful sound and creativity that made his music popular.

A. This evaluation focuses on how the illustrations serves to enhance the story's theme.

B. The illustrations show John Coltrane as a youth who listened to the variety of sounds at home, and in the community. The text augments the fact that he listens by not giving him words to speak in the story. The illustrations show him using his ears, listening to every sound. For example, the illustratiions on pg 8-10, show John listening to jitterbugs,Bojangles tap dancing, and his mother playing hymns for the choir. Later, the illustrations on pg 18, show that the thought going through his head as he is playing the horn are the same sounds he heard as a young man: sounds from church, and steam trains. The illustrations really worked to enhance the theme that our accomplishemnts are strongly affected by our early experiences.

C. Appropriate for a music, black history curriculum.

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message 1: by Sue (new)

Sue Weatherford will also be here Aug. 4

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