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Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane
Contributor(s): Weatherford, Carole Boston (Author), Qualls, Sean (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0805079947     ISBN-13: 9780805079944
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Published: April 2008
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Annotation: 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.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography - Music
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography - Cultural, Ethnic & Regional
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Music - Jazz
Dewey: B
LCCN: 2007007196
Age Level: 5-9
Grade Level: Kindergarten-4
Lexile Measure: 1090 AD (Adult Directed Text)
Physical Information: 0.33" H x 8.4" W x 10.1" (0.69 lbs) 24 pages
Themes:
- Chronological Period - 20th Century
- Ethnic Orientation - African American
Features: Bibliography, Dust Cover, Ikids, Illustrated, Price on Product, Price on Product - Canadian
Awards: Georgia Children's Book Award, Nominee, Picture Storybook, 2013
Delaware Diamonds Award, Nominee, Grades K-2, 2009
Golden Kite, Winner, Picture Book Text, 2008
Golden Kite, Honor Book, Picture Book Text, 2009
Coretta Scott King Award, Honor Book, Illustrator, 2009
Review Citations: Booklist 02/01/2008 pg. 60
Kirkus Review - Children 03/15/2008 pg. 314
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 04/01/2008 pg. 360 - Recommended
Newsweek 04/07/2008 pg. 61
School Library Journal 04/01/2008 pg. 138
Horn Book Magazine 05/01/2008 pg. 342
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2008 - Superior,Well Above Average
Hornbook Guide to Children 10/01/2008 pg. 457 - Superior,Well Above Average
ALA Notable Children's Books 03/15/2009 pg. 21
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 120546
Reading Level: 3.8   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
 
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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.


Contributor Bio(s): Weatherford, Carole Boston: - Carole Boston Weatherford wrote the Caldecott Honor book Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom. A minister's wife, Ms. Weatherford makes her home in North Carolina.Qualls, Sean: - Sean Qualls illustrated the widely acclaimed biographies The Poet Slave of Cuba and Dizzy. He lives with his wife and son in Brooklyn, New York.
 
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