- Age Range: 5 - 10 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 5
- Lexile Measure: 420L (What's this?)
- Paperback: 40 pages
- Publisher: Lee & Low Books; 1 edition (May 10, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1584300183
- ISBN-13: 978-1584300182
- Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.2 x 10.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #776,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ray Charles Paperback – May 10, 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
Winner of both the Coretta Scott King Author Award and the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, Ray Charles by Sharon Bell Mathis, illus. by George Ford, originally published in 1973, traces the star's surmounting of incredible obstacles to become one of the world's greatest jazz musicians. Ford's illustrations capture every emotional nuance, from Ray's disappointment at being tricked by classmates as a child, to his strength as a man, refusing to perform to segregated audiences.
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About the Author
Sharon Bell Mathis has won numerous awards for her many children's books, including the 1974 Coretta Scott King Author Award for RAY CHARLES. Some of her most enduring books include The Hundred-Penny Box, a Newbery Honor Book, and Teacup Full of Roses, an ALA Notable Book. A full-time writer, Mathis lives in Ft. Washington, Maryland.
George Ford is an award-winning artist who has illustrated dozens of children's books, including several by noted authors such as Nikki Grimes, Eloise Greenfield, Nikki Giovanni, and Robert Coles. In 1974, he was the recipient of the first Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for Ray Charles. A lifelong jazz enthusiast, Ford lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife.
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Top Customer Reviews
The pictures are black and whit and very detailed However, the pages are long and an adult will need to assist the reader/to explain things or just to share in the reading.
It did not talk about his drug problem/affairs. It did briefly discuss that he was divorce from his wife.
Mostly " drawn " illistrations!
Would've been a lot better to have gone on the net & read his " biography " for free.
Don't even bother with this one.