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John Coltrane's Giant Steps

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  • Posted February 3, 2014

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    John Coltrane's Giant Steps offered so much more than I expected

    John Coltrane's Giant Steps offered so much more than I expected in a children's book! The CD included with the book is a must; this is really meant to be experienced as an entire package. The CD offers two tracks: one with page turn cues, one without.

    The story's "performers" are some raindrops on drums, a box playing string bass, a snowflake on piano, and an adorable kitten on tenor sax. (Get it? Raindrops? Snowflake? Kitten?) Narrator Richard Allen has a laid back, very chill style of reading - a perfect fit for such a cool piece of jazz. Allen also serves as "conductor" for our imaginary ensemble, helping them fix trouble spots and find a groove.

    Chris Raschka’s lovely illustrations seem very simple, but become more and more complex as the story progresses. As new layers are introduced in the music, Raschka's watercolors layer upon one another. I loved that; what a perfect way for listeners to visualize Coltrane's distinct style of music!

    This book is an artistic and musical literary adventure for young readers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2002

    ALL THAT JAZZ

    This spirited introduction to the music of the jazz giant is a visual treat that strives to make music jump off the page in an entirely innovative way. Chris Raschka's text introduces each image as if they were supporting band members: raindrops symbolize the tempo; a box lays down the foundation; a snowflake provides harmony; and a kitten steps in as melody. The shapes and colors combine as if different instruments in Coltrane's famous arrangement of "My Favorite Things" hence the lyrical images that Chris Raschka has wryly selected.

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