Lisa Vegan's Reviews > Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra

Duke Ellington by Andrea Davis Pinkney
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Mar 26, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: biography, childrens, non-fiction, picture-books, reviewed, readbooks-male-author-or-illust, readbooks-female-author-or-illust
Recommended to Lisa by: Luann

It took me awhile to get used to the writing style but it never felt as though it wasn’t a perfect fit for the story. This is a terrific picture book biography about Duke Ellington’s life and music. The illustrations are wonderful; I particularly loved how the music coming out of the instruments is shown via pictures. If readers/listeners aren’t familiar with it, I highly recommend that Duke Ellington’s music be played as an accompaniment. Even 30 second long snippets from iTunes would enhance the reading/listening experience.
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Lisa Vegan Abigail wrote: "I'm adding this to my list, and will do as you suggest - playing some Ellington while reading it!"

Oh good. The book should come with a sample of his music! ;-)

Lisa Vegan I might have that one on reserve. I'll remember that. Thanks.

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