Daddy Played the Blues

Daddy Played the Blues

by Michael Garland

Hardcover

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Overview

*Notable Social Studies Trade Books Selection for Young People 2018*

“I was six years old the day we left the farm in Mississippi,” remembers Cassie in this richly textured picture book. “Between the boll weevils, the floods, and the landlord, there was no way a family could scratch out a living there anymore.”

Packing themselves into an old jalopy—with Daddy, Uncle Vern, and Mama in the front seat and Cassie and her two brothers in the back—they joined the Great Migration from the impoverished Deep South to Chicago, where there was work to be had in the stockyards. Across the kids’ laps lay Daddy’s prized possession, a six-string guitar. Daddy worked hard to put food on the table, but what he really loved was playing the blues. This evocative tale of the African-American odyssey in search of a better life is also a homage to the uniquely American music that developed from African music and American spirituals, work songs, and folk ballads.

In the book’s backmatter, Garland relates how he first heard and fell in love with blues music, beginning a lifelong fandom. Portraits and thumbnail biographies of great blues musicians and landmark songs complete this tribute to the great American music and the yearnings that produced it.

Fountas & Pinnell Level S

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780884485889
Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 600,071
Product dimensions: 10.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 6 - 10 Years

About the Author

MICHAEL
GARLAND (Patterson, NY) is the illustrator of 75 children’s picture books, half of which he also wrote. Miss Smith and the Haunted Library is a New York
Times bestseller. Other recent books include Tilbury's A Season of Flowers, and Daddy Played the Blues, Lost Dog, Tugboat, Car Goes
Far, Fish Had a Wish (starred review from Publisher’s Weekly), Where’s
My Homework?, and Grandpa’s Tractor
(selected for the Original Art of Children’s Book Show by the Society of
Illustrators in New York). He has illustrated bestselling picture books for James Patterson, Gloria Estefan,
and other celebrity authors, and his illustrations for Patterson’s SantaKid were the inspiration for Saks
Fifth Avenue’s Christmas holiday window display in New York City. Garland’s Christmas Magic has become a seasonal classic and is currently in development as an animated Christmas special. Michael makes school visits across the country.

MICHAEL
GARLAND (Patterson, NY) is the illustrator of 75 children’s picture books, half of which he also wrote. Miss Smith and the Haunted Library is a New York
Times bestseller. Other recent books include Tilbury's A Season of Flowers, and Daddy Played the Blues, Lost Dog, Tugboat, Car Goes
Far, Fish Had a Wish (starred review from Publisher’s Weekly), Where’s
My Homework?, and Grandpa’s Tractor
(selected for the Original Art of Children’s Book Show by the Society of
Illustrators in New York). He has illustrated bestselling picture books for James Patterson, Gloria Estefan,
and other celebrity authors, and his illustrations for Patterson’s SantaKid were the inspiration for Saks
Fifth Avenue’s Christmas holiday window display in New York City. Garland’s Christmas Magic has become a seasonal classic and is currently in development as an animated Christmas special. Michael makes school visits across the country.

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