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Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 1, 2008
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“Weatherford’s evocative poem traces Coltrane’s influences simply and stunningly. Qualls’s muted palette of rich hues suggests the smoky jazz moods he would create.”
—School Library Journal
“Even children who are unfamiliar with jazz in general and John Coltrane in particular may find their interest piqued.”
“Will echo with contemporary children, who will recognize the music in their daily lives.”
“This is as much a subtle invitation for children to listen to their own worlds as it is a Coltrane biography.”
—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
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"Before John was a jazz giant,
he heard big bands on the radio
and a saxophone's soulful solo,
blue notes crooning his name."
Sean Qualls's soulful and thoughtful artwork, especially the wide-eyed depiction of Coltrane as a boy, brings a lot to the poetic tale. In the back, under the Author's Note, there is a clear, concise mini biography of John Coltrane, a revolutionary jazz composer and saxophonist. There are additional musical and book recommendations. A combination lesson of `listen and learn' after reading this book would be a fun classroom activity!
Always moving, geniuses do not just pop out of thin air. They study, and they learn; they create themselves. The world is full of mundane things. Kitchen pots clang. Trains whistle. People laugh, and they cry. Beauty is difficult to hear. However, the genius is "all ears."
Open this book. Pulsing brilliance will pour forth - filling your world, your breath. Alliteration, rhythm, and illustration unite into mastery. You will hear and see music.
Art does travel a long way. Suddenly though, it appears, and the ordinary becomes a greatness never heard before. Look. Listen. John Coltrane is alive.
Before John Was A Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane is a good book to show students that everything they do and hear will mold them into who they are to become. An important lesson in that life is what you make of it and you and your surrounding create your future.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My son and I loved this book. The rhythm of it is lovely and it taught us about Mr. Coltrane, too!Published 10 months ago by R.A. White
I really enjoyed this book and so did my son. I am a fan of Coltrane's music and my 5 year old son gets to listen to it as well. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mellerby
I thought this book was alright. The pictures were appealing in that they looked real life forms. I like how book mentions John growing up and heard the everyday noises which... Read morePublished on March 7, 2013 by Stephj3
This is wonderful story about a boy who loves sounds. He listens to everything from "hambones knocking in Grandma's pots, Daddy strumming the ukulele and mama cranking the... Read morePublished on June 2, 2012 by sandrak
Before John Was a Jazz Giant is a cute children's book about a musician named John Coltrane. The illustrations contain vivid blues, reds, and swirls that make the reader feel the... Read morePublished on May 23, 2011 by Lisa Marie