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Pages
13 Pages
Subject
Music
Languages
English
Product
Digital
Grade
1st, 2nd, 6th
Resource Type
Worksheets
Standard
Not standard specific

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Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane is a soulful introduction to the childhood of a jazz legend. Carol Boston Weatherford focuses on the auditory. Her pages describe the sounds in John Coltrane's world: the ukulele, steam engine, dance, big band, and more. These references invite - demand - that the reader learn relevant history to fully appreciate this succinct text. Her story rewards those who expand their background knowledge about John Coltrane and the 1930s.

The lengthy Author's Note, Selected Listening, and Further Reading references at the end of the book will appeal to the middle grade reader. Sean Qualls succeeded in representing sound. His illustrations are not childish and so respect the older reader. This lesson includes several links to YouTube videos to whet the appetite of children curious about John Coltrane's music. I watched the documentary Chasing Train on a streaming service; however, it is also available through my library network.

There is a link in the document to find this story read aloud online.
Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane is a soulful introduction to the childhood of a jazz legend. Carol Boston Weatherford focuses on the auditory. Her pages describe the sounds in John Coltrane's world: the ukulele,... more
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