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Ray Charles
     

Ray Charles

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by Sharon Bell Mathis, George Ford (Illustrator)
 

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As a young boy he fell in love with music, and as a man, the world fell in love with his music. Ray Charles and his soulful, passionate rhythms and melodies have been embraced around the world for decades. Now, in this beautiful new edition of an award-winning biography, readers can follow Charles from his boyhood, when he lost his sight and learned to read and write

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As a young boy he fell in love with music, and as a man, the world fell in love with his music. Ray Charles and his soulful, passionate rhythms and melodies have been embraced around the world for decades. Now, in this beautiful new edition of an award-winning biography, readers can follow Charles from his boyhood, when he lost his sight and learned to read and write music in Braille, until the age of 40, when he had become a world-renowned jazz and blues musician packing auditoriums and stadiums. And in a new introduction and afterword, the author updates Charles’s life to the present.

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Children's Literature
Life has not always been one of total darkness for Ray Charles, but life also has never been easy for him. When he was born in 1930, Ray Charles Robinson (who later dropped his surname to avoid being confused with the boxer Sugar Ray Robinson) could see. At the age of six, his diseased left eye had to be removed, and a year later blindness struck his other eye. His physical handicap did not deter his mother from instilling a spirit of independence and self-sufficiency in her son, sometimes to the chagrin of neighbors. This spirit enabled him to face the hard times that developed after he was orphaned at the age of 15 and had to strike out on his own, as well as to appreciate the good ones that accompanied his fame as a jazz musician. Originally published in 1973, this latest edition of Ray Charles is still engaging and includes updated information about the subject in a new introduction and afterword by the author. The text of the story has not changed dramatically. The charcoal drawings by the illustrator are still very moving and powerful, and they eloquently capture episodes in the life of Charles. This award winning book—the recipient of the Coretta Scott King Author and Illustrator Awards—will make a handsome addition to any juvenile biography collection. 2001 (orig. 1973), Lee & Low Books, $16.00. Ages 8 to 11. Reviewer: Jeanette Lambert

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584300175
Publisher:
Lee & Low Books, Inc.
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Edition description:
1ST LEE &
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
420L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 10 Years

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Ray Charles 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
WH6 More than 1 year ago
Ray Charles is about the young Ray Charles Robinson and the life he lead until he became a famous musician. His life was not always easy. He grew up poor and although he was born with sight, he became blind as a child from disease in his eyes. He learned to take care of himself even though he was blind. His mother did not go easy on him either and Ray had chores to do like any other child. He lived his life just like anyone else. He taught himself to play music and worked very hard to become famous. This book would be very beneficial to use as a resource when looking at African Americans that paved their own path. I liked this book because it talked more about where he came from and it helped me see how he became the famous musician he was.