A swinging, vibrant picture book about the jazz composer Duke Ellington, by the award-winning duo Andrea and Brian Pinkney.
|Edition description:||1 ED|
|Product dimensions:||8.75(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Lexile:||AD800L (what's this?)|
|Age Range:||5 - 9 Years|
About the Author
Brian Pinkney (www.brianpinkney.net) is the illustrator of many acclaimed books for children, including the Caldecott Honor Books Duke Ellington and The Faithful Friend, and the Coretta Scott King Award winner In the Time of the Drums.
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Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra by Andrea Davis Pinkney, Brian Pinkney (Illustrator) Duke Ellington: the Piano Prince and his orchestra by Snadrea Pinkney: is a book about his life his times his music to inspire the masses and tell the musical story of life
A great read I would recommend it for anyone interested in Duke Ellington.
A swingin' book for a swingin' musician.
English 385.004 8 February 2001 Critical Reflection #1 Pinkney, Andrea Davis. Duke Ellington. New York: Hyperion Books For Children, 1998. Edward Kennedy Ellington preferred that people call him ¿Duke¿; people did and the name stuck. His parents, Daisy and J.E, signed him up for piano lessons when he was just a young boy. At first the lessons didn¿t impress Duke, and he stopped taking them. He didn¿t like the slow, boring symphony music; he liked jazzy, upbeat music. Duke didn¿t touch a piano again until one day when he heard that pianos could play the music that he liked to listen to. After he heard the music he could possibly compose on the piano, his parents couldn¿t drag him away from playing the ¿ivory eighty eights.¿ The illustrations in this book reflect the themes of the story. This vibrant-colored narrative was published in 1998, and won the Caldecott award for it¿s outstanding rich, soulful art and well developed, fun stories. All of the pages in this book are filled with bright colors that make it a joy to read. Duke¿s belief in and dedication to African American artistic expression and historic struggles are very clear throughout this story. Duke loved all the attention, and the people loved giving it to him, they could relate to his music. When he found people through his music who shared his love for jazz he reached out to them with his wonderful tunes. Brian and Andrea Davis Pinkney, a husband and wife team, created this masterpiece of wonderful illustrations and a truly heart-warming story. With each turn of the page, the reader absorbs bright, colorful pictures that almost make the words jump off the page. Pinkney paints a young black boy playing the piano with swirls of musical notes dancing around his head. The reader can almost see how involved Duke is becoming with his new-found love of the piano. Throughout the story, Duke made vast improvements in his piano skills. He played in clubs all around Washington, D.C. and soon people knew and asked for him by name. The reader can [almost] feel Duke¿s excitement when he finally plays in ¿Harlem¿s swankiest hangout,¿ the Cotton Club. The sign for the Cotton Club lights up the pages as [it shows the outside of the club] as people approach the door to go in and dance. As the story progresses, Pinkney mentions Duke¿s ¿main man,¿ Billy Strayhorn, who helps Duke put lyrics to his music. The image of the two men working together at a great grand piano sets the musical mood. Since this picture is smaller than most of the other pictures in the book, the readers get a more quiet, calm feeling. The reader can tell that the two men are hard at work because the picture concentrates on their collaboration. Together Duke and Billy composed many songs; among them is a song called ¿Take the ¿A¿ Train¿ that became a best seller when it came out. One of the most colorful and bright pictures in the story comes when the narrator tells about the song that Duke composed to celebrate the history of African American people. The song, ¿Black, Brown and Beige¿ was ¿a suite that rocked the bosom and lifted the soul.¿ It sang of the honor, glory and successes of the black community ¿from the days of slavery to years of civil rights struggle.¿ Even though the history of African Americans is arduous, the colors in this picture book remind the reader that the song represents triumph, not defeat. The colors in the picture shoot out of the instruments of the orchestra, causing a collision of color, fun and excitement.