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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
My son and I loved this book. The rhythm of it is lovely and it taught us about Mr. Coltrane, too!Published 7 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 8 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