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Piano Starts Here: The Young Art Tatum

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Publisher Comments:

Regardless of whether theyve heard of jazz or Art Tatum, young readers will appreciate how Parker uses simple, lyrical storytelling and colorful and energetic ink-and-wash illustrations to show the world as young Art Tatum might have seen it. Tatum came from modest beginnings and was nearly blind, but his passion for the piano and his acute memory for any sound that he heard drove him to become a virtuoso who was revered by both classical and jazz pianists alike. Included in the back matter is a biography and bibliography.

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"Parker, who illustrated Ballet of the Elephants and Action Jackson, makes his writing debut with a biography of famed jazz pianist Art Tatum, which takes some creative license in its straightforward, first-person narrative. 'Bad eyes can't keep me from playing the piano,' says a young Tatum. 'My hands get to know the keys, the short black ones on top and long white ones below. I play more and more. And more.' The uncluttered storytelling offers a chronological journey of Tatum's rise to fame: his first recital in church; a night of playing moon-themed songs while neighborhood children catch fireflies; his first gig at a bar. From the twins next door who help him walk to school to a caf owner who lets him use his player piano, the story incorporates the people who were important in Tatum's early life — his hardworking parents, foremost. A subtle sophistication shines through Parker's easygoing yet dynamic watercolors. Roughly hewn sketch lines give the characters an almost abstract quality, but their faces and gestures project emotion nonetheless, as in vignettes of a bartender smiling contentedly or Tatum's mother sitting in the shadows by a radio, both listening to Tatum play. Parker's unhurried account could inspire visions of jazz greatness among young musicians. Ages 4-8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Art Tatum came from modest beginnings and was nearly blind, but his passion for the piano and his acute memory for any sound he heard drove him to become a virtuoso who was revered by classical and jazz pianists alike.

About the Author

Robert Andrew Parker has illustrated numerous acclaimed books for children, including the Caldecott Honor Book Popcorn and Ma Goodness by Edna Mitchell Preston, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winner Cold Feet by Cynthia DeFelice, and Action Jackson by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, which received six starred reviews and was an Robert F. Sibert Honor Book. Mr. Parker is a jazz musician. He lives in West Cornwall, Connecticut.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375839658
Author:
Parker, Robert A.
Publisher:
Schwartz & Wade Books
Author:
Parker, Robert Andrew
Subject:
People & Places - United States - African-American
Subject:
Jazz musicians
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Music
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Cultural Heritage
Subject:
Music - Jazz
Subject:
Musicians
Subject:
Jazz musicians -- United States.
Subject:
Ethnic - African American
Subject:
Children s Activities-Music
Edition Description:
Picture book
Publication Date:
20080131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P up to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
FULL COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
9.24x11.32x.39 in. 1.01 lbs.
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:
04-08

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Product details 40 pages Schwartz & Wade Books - English 9780375839658 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Parker, who illustrated Ballet of the Elephants and Action Jackson, makes his writing debut with a biography of famed jazz pianist Art Tatum, which takes some creative license in its straightforward, first-person narrative. 'Bad eyes can't keep me from playing the piano,' says a young Tatum. 'My hands get to know the keys, the short black ones on top and long white ones below. I play more and more. And more.' The uncluttered storytelling offers a chronological journey of Tatum's rise to fame: his first recital in church; a night of playing moon-themed songs while neighborhood children catch fireflies; his first gig at a bar. From the twins next door who help him walk to school to a caf owner who lets him use his player piano, the story incorporates the people who were important in Tatum's early life — his hardworking parents, foremost. A subtle sophistication shines through Parker's easygoing yet dynamic watercolors. Roughly hewn sketch lines give the characters an almost abstract quality, but their faces and gestures project emotion nonetheless, as in vignettes of a bartender smiling contentedly or Tatum's mother sitting in the shadows by a radio, both listening to Tatum play. Parker's unhurried account could inspire visions of jazz greatness among young musicians. Ages 4-8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Art Tatum came from modest beginnings and was nearly blind, but his passion for the piano and his acute memory for any sound he heard drove him to become a virtuoso who was revered by classical and jazz pianists alike.
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