Synopses & Reviews
Born of Mohawk and Cayuga descent, musical icon Robbie Robertson learned the story of Hiawatha and his spiritual guide, the Peacemaker, as part of the Iroquois oral tradition. Now he shares the same gift of storytelling with a new generation.
Hiawatha was a strong and articulate Mohawk who was chosen to translate the Peacemakerandrsquo;s message of unity for the five warring Iroquois nations during the 14th century. This message not only succeeded in uniting the tribes but also forever changed how the Iroquois governed themselvesandmdash;a blueprint for democracy that would later inspire the authors of the U.S. Constitution.
Caldecott Honorandndash;winning illustrator David Shannon brings the journey of Hiawatha and the Peacemaker to life with arresting oil paintings. Together, Robertson and Shannon have crafted a new childrenandrsquo;s classic that will both educate and inspire readers of all ages.
Includes a CD featuring a new, original song written and performed by Robbie Robertson.
"Yes, it's a celebrity book a very good one. Writing in an intimate, easygoing voice that blends the boyish with the avuncular, rock legend Richards pays tribute to his grandfather and role model, Theodore Augustus Dupree, a veteran musician who lived in a house 'filled with instruments and cake.' Gus is a mite footloose he evades chores and once took young Keith on a ramble that ended so far from home that they had to spend the night under a tree. But he also introduces his grandson to the magic of a musical instrument workshop ('Men tested the guitar strings dinka-plink dinka plink.... And right then, right there, I fell in love with instruments'), bestows his prize guitar on Keith, and sets a high bar for musicianship (hearing Keith playing the complex instrumental 'MalagueÃ±a,' Gus remarks, 'I think you're getting the hang of it'). Theodora Richards, Keith's daughter of Richards, contributes fluid, inked sketches and other freestyle graphic elements that exude love and spontaneity. The accompanying CD proves Richards is as adept at telling bedtime stories as he is performing on stage. Ages 3 6. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
* "[The story] is all told so naturally and with such sweet verve that readers may not notice that this is the legendary guitarist of the Rolling Stones. The vibrant and evocative pictures are done by Richards' daughter...Over swathes of rich color she lays pen-and-ink drawings of figures and instruments, architectural details, free-floating musical notes--and cakes and tea things--that brilliantly carry the power of love and music into visual imagery. A CD of the author reading the story and playing a bit of "Malagueña" is included, and it is pretty wonderful, too. A beautiful example of artistic bookmaking, a story of family love and lore, and the magic of music personified in a way that's utterly accessible to children--and their dazzled parents."--Kirkus, starred review
* "Theodora Richards, Keith's daughter, contributes fluid, inked sketches and other freestyle graphic elements that exude love and spontaneity. The accompanying CD proves Richards is as adept at telling bedtime stories as he is performing on stage."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"This rocks, though the effect is more like being rocked in a grandparent's arms."--Booklist
"Beautifully told."--The New York Times
andquot;Expressive, handsome, and well-documented.andquot;
andquot;Shannonandrsquo;s penetrating oil paintings expressively capture the initial tension and uncertainty with which these messengers of peace are met, and the tranquility that replaces it...a CD that includes a song written and performed by Robertson underscore the authorandrsquo;s evident emotional connection to this story and passion for passing it on.andquot;
andquot;Robertson offers a beautifully retold version of this tale...[t]he bright colors of Shannonandrsquo;s full-page spreads add depth and volume, giving readers greater understanding.andquot;
andquot;Hiawatha and the Peacemaker adds a much-needed, authentic Native American voice to childrenandrsquo;s literature. Its message of peace and Shannonandrsquo;s incredible art make for a winning combination.andquot;
Long before there was a band, there was a boy: a young Keith Richards, who was introduced to the joy of music through his beloved granddad, Theodore Augustus Dupree, affectionately known as "Gus," who was in a jazz big band and is the namesake of Keith's daughter, Theodora Dupree Richards. Gus and Me offers a rare and intimate look into the childhood of the legendary Keith Richards through this poignant and inspiring story that is lovingly illustrated with Theodora Richards's exquisite pen-and-ink collages. This unique autobiographical picture book honors the special bond between a grandfather and grandson and celebrates the artistic talents of the Richards family through the generations. It also includes selected photographs from the Richards family collection and an exclusive audio CD featuring bonus content.
About the Author
Keith Richards is a musician, singer, songwriter, and founding member of the rock band the Rolling Stones. Widely considered one of the best guitarists in the world, he has a collection of over 350 guitars. His memoir, Life
, received unanimous critical acclaim and was a #1 New York Times
bestseller. Mr. Richards has five children and five grandchildren.
Theodora Dupree Richards, named after her great-grandfather Theodore Augustus Dupree, is an artist and a daughter of Keith Richards and Patti Hansen. To research the images for this project, she traveled to the Richards family home in Dartford, England, and consulted family and historical photographs of her father's childhood era. This is her first book.