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the great migration, difference between big bands vs jazz bands ...
on September 26, 2014
This was a really well written biography, written in a 'storybook' format to hold the attention of the reader instead of just facts on a page. Started with his childhood and included events going on during Mr Armstrong's life. So many times authors leave that out so we as readers often forget these folks didn't live in 'our time' so adding in events such as World Wars and things help places them in their timeframe and the struggles they had to endure. And with Mr Armstrong being a black man he even had to fight the segregation and that was written very well in this book! And in a way that the children who are reading-listening could understand what segregation was. Also in this book from time to time there are pages where the text is different and the author gives a half page to page 'History' lesson on something happening within the story. Such as she explains WWI and Jim Crow laws, the great migration, difference between big bands vs jazz bands etc. At the end she gives a time line of Mr Armstrong's life and on the next page across from it a timeline of events of the world so you can compare in a timeline. She also (which I LOVED) at the end she included a Bibliography.
This book is very nice to sit and read if you have an intrest in learning about Louis Armstrong. But it's a wonderful book for students that may be needing to write a paper on anything from the struggle of African Americans during this time frame, to the world of Jazz, and even may find what you are looking for as far as information about the Colored Waif's Home for Boys. So much wonderful information in this book and presented in a pleasant wonderful way! I have added this book to my 'to buy' for my own home library and have went in (because of this book) and am looking for Mr Armstrong's books he wrote about himself.
Very well done Ms McDonough! Very well done