Play, Louis, Play!

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Play, Louis, Play!

The True Story of a Boy and His Horn

By Muriel Harris Weinstein; Frank Morrison (Illustrator)

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, Hardcover, 9781599903750, 99pp.

Publication Date: December 7, 2010


The childhood of Louis Armstrong was as fascinating as the great musician himself and this chapter book biography tells it like never before. "Play, Louis, Play " is written from the point of view of Louis' closest companion throughout his youth his horn In a jazz-inflected, exuberant voice, this unusual narrator tells it all, starting with the small New Orleans hock shop where little Louis bought his first trumpet for five hard-earned dollars.

As Louis goes from a street quartet to the marching band of the Colored Waif 's Home to the big sounds of New Orleans jazz clubs, author Muriel Harris Weinstein creates a moving portrait of the jazz legend. Includes a detailed author's note, glossary of jazz terms, and bibliography.

About the Author

Mary Brigid Barrett is an award-winning children's book author and illustrator. She is also president and executive director of the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance, and editor of the NCBLA publication Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out. She lives in Massachusetts.