Item description for Satchmo's Blues by Alan Schroeder & Floyd Cooper...
Overview A moving tribute to an extraordinary man, whose dynamic personality and trumpet playing won him millions of fans who knew him as Satchmo, "The Ambassador of Jazz". "Mr. Cooper's illustrations are especially luminous, and Alan Schroeder's story is a vivid account of Armstrong's childhood in New Orleans".--"The New York Times Book Review". Full color.
Publishers Description On hot summer nights in New Orleans, a boy named Louis Armstrong would peek under the big swinging doors of Economy Hall and listen to the jazz band. The best night was Friday, when Bunk Johnson would blow his cornet till the roof trembled. At moments like those, Louis could feel his toes tingle. He wanted to be like Bunk Johnson; aim his horn straight up at the night sky and set the stars spinning.
One day Louis saw a horn in a pawnshop window—a real brass cornet. The cardboard sign said $5. How could he ever come up with that much money? Every day Louis did what he could to earn that five dollars, and every day he practiced blowing his imaginary horn. It was a dream he would never give up.
The vibrant, swinging world of New Orleans jazz seems to bounce off the pages in this tribute to an extraordinary young man. Louis Armstrong's dynamic personality and amazing trumpet playing would cast a spell on millions of people around the world, to whom he will always be the one and only Satchmo, the Ambassador of Jazz.
Alan Schroeder, a lifelong admirer of Louis Armstrong, is the award-winning author of several picture books, including Lily and the Wooden Bowl, Minty, and Carolina Shout. His first book, Ragtime Tumpie, was chosen as an ALA Notable Book, a Booklist Children's Editors' Choice, and a Parents' Choice Award winner. He lives in Alameda, California.
One day, right off Bourbon Street, Louis saw a horn sitting in a pawnshop window. It was a humdinger, all bright and sassy, just begging to be bought. The cardboard sign said $5. Louis turned away. He could never come up with that much money.
"It's not fair!" he thought. Everyone else had a musical instrument. Even Santiago, the pie man, had a little horn hanging from his wooden cart. People came flocking when they heard his familiar toot-toot-ta-toot-toot.
The next time Santiago came "back o' town," Louis ran up and tugged on his sleeve.
"Can I blow that horn, mister?" he asked eagerly.
The pie man handed it to him with a grin. Louis whipped the horn up to his lips and blew.
Nothing happened. Just a flat, spitting sound. Ppphhhh...
Everybody laughed, especially Santiago. Louis tried again. This time, the noise was even worse.
Santiago reached down and took the horn away.
"I thought you said you could blow it, Louis."
Louis frowned. "I thought I could."
That made everyone laugh harder.
But Louis didn't give up. He wanted to turn that awful ppphhh into something wonderful--something so hot and jazzy everyone would come running.
"And I'm gonna do it, too," he said to himself.
Two weeks later, the horn was still in the pawnshop window. Louis wanted to go inside, but the man behind the counter didn't look any too friendly. The cardboard sign still said $5.
"That horn is mine," Louis whispered, pressing his nose against the window. "It's gotta be mine!"
Every afternoon, when he got home from school, Louis stood in front of the mirror and practiced his blowing. He pretended he as Bunk Johnson, raising the roof with his high C's.
"What's that you doin' with your lips?" Mama asked. "You look like a fish."
"I'm blowin' my horn," Louis told her.
Mama shook her head. "I don't see any horn."
But Louis could--and it was a beauty.
From the Hardcover edition.
Citations And Professional Reviews Satchmo's Blues by Alan Schroeder & Floyd Cooper has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 1515
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 691
Publishers Weekly - 01/25/1999
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 999
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Studio: Dragonfly Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.98" Width: 8.28" Height: 0.11" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 1999
Publisher Dragonfly Books
ISBN 0440414725 ISBN13 9780440414728
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More About Alan Schroeder & Floyd Cooper
Jerry Pinkney has been illustrating children's books since 1964 and has the rare distinction of being the recipient of:
Five Caldecott Honor Medals
Five Coretta Scott King Awards
Four New York Times Best Illustrated Awards (most recently 2006 Little Red Hen)
Four Gold and four Silver medals from the Society of Illustrators
Boston Globe Honor Book Award (John Henry 1994)
In addition to his work on children's books, he is an extremely successful artist who has had eleven one-man retrospectives at venues ranging from the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists to the Art Institute of Chicago. His current one-man show entitled, "Building Bridges, the Art of Jerry Pinkney" was organized by the Pittsburgh Children's Museum and will be traveling through 1998. Mr. Pinkney has illustrated for a wide variety of clients, including National Geographic, the National Parks Service, the U.S. Postal Service, the American Library Association and the Association of Booksellers for Children.
Born in Philadelphia in 1939, Jerry Pinkney states, "(I) took an interest in drawing very early in my life, and at some point I realized I'd rather sit and draw than do almost anything else." While growing up in the Germantown section of Philadelphia his interest in art was supported by hisfamily -- especially by his mother. "She certainly understood me and made it clear to everyone that if art was what I wanted to pursue, then that's what she wanted to have happen. My father also became very supportive, and when I wanted to take art classes after school he found ways for me to attend."
In junior high school Mr. Pinkney had a newsstand and took a drawing pad with him to work every day and sketched passersby. That was how he met the cartoonist John Liney, who encouraged him to draw and showed him the possibilities of making a living as an artist.
After graduating from the commercial art program at Dobbins Vocational School, where he met his wife, author Gloria Jean Pinkney, Jerry Pinkney received a full scholarship to attend the Philadelphia Museum College of Art (now University of the Arts). While at PCA he and Gloria married. After their first child was born, they moved to Boston, where Mr. Pinkney worked as a designer at Rustcraft Greeting Card Company, and at Barker-Black Studio where he developed his reputation as an illustrator. Eventually he opened Kaleidoscope Studio with two other artists. Later he opened his own freelance studio -- Jerry Pinkney Studio -- and moved to New York. Sensitivity to and an interest in a variety of cultures has always been a dominant theme of Mr. Pinkney s work. He has also drawn inspiration for a significant part of his work from African American culture. Among his numerous projects are his twelve postage stamps for the U.S. Postal Service Black Heritage series. Mr. Pinkney was a member of its Advisory Committee for ten years and he was also invited to join the NASA artist team for the space shuttle Columbia. "I wanted to show that an African American artist could make it on a national level in the graphic arts. I want to be a strong role model for my family and for other African Americans."
Many of Mr. Pinkney's children's books celebrate multicultural and African American themes. "Working on both the Uncle Remus tales and John Henry has shown me an important link between pivotal and opposite African American folk heroes. Brer Rabbit, the sly trickster, originated during slavery and was the first African American folk hero. Slaves who wanted to get the better of their masters needed to be cunning and sly -- hence the trickster role. However, later comes John Henry, a free man, whose strength and valor bring him fame. He was a strong folk hero for African Americans, a symbol of all the working men who made a major contribution to the building of the roads and railroads in the mountains of West Virginia -- a dangerous job for which many paid with their lives."
Mr. Pinkney's two latest books areThe Little Red Hen and The Old African by Julius Lester (illustrated by Jerry Pinkney). Books give me a great feeling of personal and artistic satisfaction. When I'm working on a book, I wish the phone would never ring. I love doing it. My satisfaction comes from the actual marks on the paper, and when it sings, it's magic."
Jerry and Gloria Pinkney live in Westchester County, New York. The Pinkneys have four children: Troy, Scott, Brian, and Myles, and seven grandchildren. Two of the Pinkney's children are also involved in children's book illustration, Brian through illustrations, and Myles throughphotography. In addition to illustrating children's books and other projects, Mr. Pinkney has also been an art professor at the University of Delaware and State University of New York at Buffalo. He has given workshops and been a guest lecturer at universities and art schools across thecountry.
copyright (c) 2007 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.
Alan Schroeder currently resides in Alameda, in the state of California. Alan Schroeder was born in 1954.
Reviews - What do customers think about Satchmo's Blues?
Good clean family fun Feb 24, 2007
My daughter is only two years old so i guess this purchase was a little premature on my part, but she still seems to dig it. For all parents looking to turn there children in jazz gaints this is a great place to start.