Before John Was a Jazz Giant

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Before John Was a Jazz Giant

A Song of John Coltrane

By Carole Boston Weatherford; Sean Qualls (Illustrator)

Henry Holt & Company, Hardcover, 9780805079944, 24pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2008

Description

Young John Coltrane was all ears. And there was a lot to hear growing up in the South in the 1930s: preachers praying, music on the radio, the bustling of the household. These vivid noises shaped John's own sound as a musician. Carole Boston Weatherford and Sean Qualls have composed an amazingly rich hymn to the childhood of jazz legend John Coltrane.

"Before John Was a Jazz Giant" is a 2009 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book and a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.



About the Author
Carole Boston Weatherford is the acclaimed author of more than forty books, including "Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom", winner of a Caldecott Honor, the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration, and the NAACP Image Award; and "Becoming Billie Holiday", winner of a Coretta Scott King Author Honor. She is also the recipient of the North Carolina Award for Literature. Carole lives in North Carolina and teaches at Fayetteville State University. Visit her at CBWeatherford.com.

Sean Qualls received a Coretta Scott King Honor award for his illustrations in Before John Was a Jazz Giant by Carole Boston Weatherford, and has published many other acclaimed books. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his family. Visit his website at www.seanqualls.com.


Praise For Before John Was a Jazz Giant

“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.”

Horn Book

 

“Will echo with contemporary children, who will recognize the music in their daily lives.”

Booklist

 

“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