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The Young Art Tatum

Written by Robert A. ParkerAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Robert A. Parker
Illustrated by Robert A. ParkerAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Robert A. Parker

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On Sale: December 19, 2012
Pages: 40 | ISBN: 978-0-307-98355-8
Published by : Schwartz & Wade RH Childrens Books
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READER'S GUIDE READER'S GUIDE
Synopsis

Synopsis

Regardless of whether they’ve heard of jazz or Art Tatum, young readers will appreciate how Parker uses simple, lyrical storytelling and colorful and energetic ink-and-wash illustrations to show the world as young Art Tatum might have seen it. Tatum came from modest beginnings and was nearly blind, but his passion for the piano and his acute memory for any sound that he heard drove him to become a virtuoso who was revered by both classical and jazz pianists alike. Included in the back matter is a biography and bibliography.
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Praise

Starred review, Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2007:
“Fusing Parker’s artistic talent and passion for jazz (he’s a musician, too), this sensitively embellished biography is totally on time.”

Starred review, Booklist, February 2, 2008:
“The simple, direct language shows the power of the music for both Tatum and his listeners.”

Starred review, School Library Journal, February 2008:
“Breathing life into words about music for young children is never easy, but Parker makes it appear effortless.”

Review, The San Francisco Chronicle, February 24, 2008:
"It's a joyful portrait of an innovative artist who was peerless in music ... A jazz musician himself, Parker brings a deep love and understanding to his subject."

Awards

WINNER 2008 Parents' Choice Recommended
WINNER 2008 Booklist Children's Editors' Choice
WINNER 2008 Book Links Lasting Connection
WINNER ALA Notable Children's Book
WINNER Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices
Teachers Guide

Teacher's Guide



ABOUT THIS BOOK

DID YOU KNOW?

• Art Tatum is among the few giants in the world of jazz whose talents
will probably never be surpassed. In his esteemed company are
Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, Charlie Parker,
and Duke Ellington.

• Art was born with severely limited vision, which worsened as he
grew older. He had numerous operations to improve his sight, but
none of them were very successful. He relied on his other senses in
his career and his life.

• When Art entered a club or a bar, it wasn’t uncommon for someone
to say, “God is in the room.” Other pianists were often too intimidated
to play in his presence.

DISCUSSION AND WRITING

• “Because of my bad eyes, day and night, dark and light, don’t really
matter to me. Not the way sounds and smells do—piano notes,
streetcar bells, corn bread baking in the oven.” Imagine how you
would experience the world if you weren’t able to see. What sounds
and smells would be the most significant for you?

• Art Tatum’s music takes him all over the country, but no matter
where he is, he thinks of his home in Toledo and his family.
Where do you hope to travel in the future? What will you miss
from back home?

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES

• Look for Art’s music in the library or on the Internet. Listen to it
with a friend and see if you agree with his distinction as one of the
true jazz greats.

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