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Before John Was a Jazz Giant

A Song of John Coltrane

Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrations by Sean Qualls

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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.

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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

“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

Reviews from Goodreads

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrations by Sean Qualls

  • CAROLE BOSTON WEATHERFORD wrote the Caldecott Honor book Moses: When Harriet Tubman Lead Her People to Freedom. She lives in North Carolina.

    SEAN QUALLS
    illustrated the widely acclaimed biographies The Poet Slave of Cuba and Dizzy. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

     

  • Carole Boston Weatherford © Ronald Weatherford
  • Sean Qualls
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Before John Was a Jazz Giant

A Song of John Coltrane

Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrations by Sean Qualls

Coretta Scott King Honor, Illustrator, American Library Association Notable Children's Books, NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, CPL: Chicago Public Library Best of the Best, Michigan Great Lakes Great Books Award Master List, Golden Kite Honor Book, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, GA Picture Storybook Award ML
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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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