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You ever hear of the jazz playin' man, the man with the cats who could swing with his band?His name was Duke. Duke Ellington. As a child, he said piano made an umpy-dump sound that was headed nowhere worth following. But, years later, he heard the piano played a whole new way. People called the music "ragtime", and soon the sound had Duke's fingers riding the piano keys.DuYou ever hear of the jazz playin' man, the man with the cats who could swing with his band?His name was Duke. Duke Ellington. As a child, he said piano made an umpy-dump sound that was headed nowhere worth following. But, years later, he heard the piano played a whole new way. People called the music "ragtime", and soon the sound had Duke's fingers riding the piano keys.Duke began to compose his own melodies, which led him to form a band, The Washingtonians. Before long, the group was performing at the swankiest hangouts in Harlem, including The Cotton Club, but under a new name: Duke Ellington and His Orchestra. Soon the whole country swung to Duke's beat.This is the story of one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century - the king of the keys - Duke Ellington....

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  • Gerry
    2019-02-24 21:31

    The husband and wife duo of Andrea Davis Pinkney, text, and Brian Pinkney, illustrations, has produced a delightful book on the Duke, Duke Ellington that is.Born in 1899, Edward Kennedy Ellington said as a young boy, 'Hey, call me Duke'. And so they did - fittingly as it turned out. At the time he was a smooth talking, slick stepping, piano playing kid, which was something of a turnabout for when even younger when his folks wanted him to have piano lessons, he was more interested in playing baseball!His parents, however, were adamant, and Duke began with the piano basics and his parents made him practise every day (I know the feeling for I was a piano player as a youngster, that is until I discovered playing football and girls) and he disliked it so much that he described the one-and-two-and-one-and-two routine as an umpy-dump sound. Consequently he said goodbye to the piano. That is until he heard the piano played in an altogether different way and that music was called ragtime. He then thought it a soul-rousing romp.He therefore returned to the piano with serious intentions and developed his own ragtime rhythm. In due course his fingers rode the piano keys as he composed his own melodies. At age 19 he was entertaining at parties, pool halls, country clubs and cabarets and it was not long before he formed his own group, the Washingtonians. They performed in all kinds of New York honky-tonks, Barron's Exclusive, The Plantation, Ciro's and the Kentucky Club and audiences flocked to see the group play.His big break through came in 1927 when he was asked to play at the Cotton Club and an initial spot brought him a regular gig. The group grew to 12 musicians and their name was changed to Duke Ellington and His Orchestra and their music was broadcast over the radio. With such tunes as 'Creole Love Call' and 'Mood Indigo' the band's popularity soared.Duke was a big believer in allowing band member to improvise their solos and as a consequence, each instrument in the band had its own voice and style. Sonny Greer on drums and percussion, Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton on the trombone, Otto "Toby" Hardwick on his sleek bass sax and James "Bubber" Miles on the trumpet all gave virtuoso performance while, of course, Duke slid his fingertips across the ivories. And all the while the Cotton Club clientele joined in as they danced such as the Black Bottom, the Fish-Tail and the Suzy-Q.In due course the whole country swung to Duke's beat and admirers hurried to the record stores to purchase their recordings. Then in 1939 Duke hired Billy Strayhorn, a musician and songwriter, and together they composed unforgettable music and 'Take the "A" Train' was one of the greatest hits of 1941.Most people called Duke's music jazz but Duke himself preferred to call it 'the music of my people' and he proved the truth of this statement when he introduced 'Black, Brown and Beige' at Carnegie Hall in 1943. It was a cold windy night outside but inside Carnegie Hall the applause was sizzlingly hot. By the time of his death on 24 May 1974 it was said that more than 800 musicians had appeared with his Orchestra and there is no doubt that his influence on the history of music is still present today.It is no surprise to learn that this delightful and most informative book was a Caldecott Honor Book in 1999 and that Brian Pinkney was an illustrator award winner for his illustrations in 'In the Time of the Drums' in 2000. The only thing that does surprise me is the note on the bottom of the dust wrapper blurb which states, 'Ages 5-9' - blimey, there must be some well educated children out there ... and as it suited me down to the ground, I never realised that I was still so young - at heart anyway!

  • Luann
    2019-02-16 18:43

    This is fabulous! The words and the illustrations are as musical as Duke's own compositions, which are "smoother than a hairdo sleeked with pomade" and "spicier than a pot of jambalaya!" I would love to see a Reading Rainbow-type production of this book with snippets of Duke's actual music. I thought it was interesting that Duke didn't like piano when he was young. He thought it was boring "umpy-dump" music. When he was older, he heard ragtime for the first time and then taught himself to play his own ragtime music on the piano. Another favorite example of the musical text, speaking of one of Duke's Orchestra members: "Sonny Greer pounded out the bang of jump-rope feet on the street with his snare drum. A subway beat on his bass drum. A sassy ride on his cymbal. Sonny's percussion was smooth and steady. Sometimes only his drumsticks made the music, cracking out the rattly beat of wood slapping wood."This also contains an author's note giving further details of Duke Ellington's life. The illustrations are scratchboard renderings with luma dyes, goache, and oil paint. Now I need to go listen to some jazz or ragtime music!

  • Lisa Vegan
    2019-02-23 21:38

    It took me awhile to get used to the writing style but it never felt as though it wasn’t a perfect fit for the story. This is a terrific picture book biography about Duke Ellington’s life and music. The illustrations are wonderful; I particularly loved how the music coming out of the instruments is shown via pictures. If readers/listeners aren’t familiar with it, I highly recommend that Duke Ellington’s music be played as an accompaniment. Even 30 second long snippets from iTunes would enhance the reading/listening experience.

  • Beverly
    2019-02-27 21:40

    I liked the artwork, described as prepared as scratchboard renderings with luma dyes, gouache, and oil paint. The illustrations are colorful, energetic, and I think depict the time period very well. I liked that he depicted the music as curlicues erupting from the various instruments. This is the same illustrator who did the artwork for The Faithful Friend.

  • Jenny
    2019-02-17 18:33

    Lovely and rich illustrations combined with the text to introduce children to Duke Ellington and his music.

  • Christine
    2019-02-22 01:42

    Lyrical text and bold artwork tell the story of Duke Ellington's life and music career in this biographical picture book.

  • Dolly
    2019-02-18 19:56

    This book offers a fascinating look into the life of Duke Ellington. The biography provides lots of interesting details, without being overwhelming or boring and celebrates the artistry of this famous man and his orchestra.The illustrations, "prepared as scratchboard renderings with luma dyes, gouache, and oil paint", complement the story nicely. I really liked the lyrical, jazz-laced narrative and the flow of the story. Additional biographical information, along with sources for further insights into Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington's life, are included at the end of the book.After we read this book, we checked out a few videos of Duke Ellington and his orchestra so our girls could really get a feel for the music of the era and the timeless popularity of some of his songs. We really enjoyed reading this book together.This book was selected as one of the books for the February 2017- Caldecott Honors 1998-2002 discussion at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group here at Goodreads.September 2017 update: I came across a free copy of this book in a book swap bin and just had to read it again. It is such an interesting story, and, I hope, one that will inspire young musicians.interesting quotes:"Duke's 'Creole Love Call' was spicier than a pot of jambalaya." (p. 12)"Toby let loose on his sleek brass sax, curling his notes like a kite tail in the wind." (p. 19)"To stir up the sound of his low-moan horn, Bubbler turned out a growl from way down in his throat. His gutbucket tunes put a spell on the room." (p. 20)"Now you've heard of the jazz-playin' man.The man with the cats who could swing with his band. " (p. 29)

  • Becky
    2019-03-19 18:44

    I loved this picture book biography of Duke Ellington. The illustrations were great--and I'm not alone in thinking that, the book was honored with a Caldecott Honor in 1999. The text was great too. The style was very original--smooth, jazzy, rhythmic. The facts were all there, yes, but they were dressed up nicely by the language, the words she chose to use to tell her story. She's a natural storyteller and it shows.Here's how it begins, You ever hear of the jazz-playin' man, the man with the cats who could swing with band? He was born in 1899, in Washington, D.C. Born Edward Kennedy Ellington. But wherever young Edward went, he said, "Hey, call me Duke." Duke's name fit him rightly. He was a smooth-talkin', slick-steppin', piano-playin' kid...Here's another example, But with practice, all Duke's fingers rode the piano keys. Duke started to play his own made-up melodies. Whole notes, chords, sharps, and flats. Left-handed hops and right-handed slides. Believe it, man. Duke taught himself to press on the pearlies like nobody else could. His one-and-two-umpy-dump became a thing of the past. Now playing the piano was Duke's all-time love.Well-researched (she even shares her bibliography with readers) the book is a great example of an accessible, thoroughly readable biography meant to be read and enjoyed.

  • Davina Cuffee
    2019-02-26 20:50

    1. Junior Book-Biography2. This books details the musical life of Duke Ellington. This jazzy read takes you all the way back to his childhood and lets you know how he got started with piano and became “The Paino Prince.”3a. Illustrations; Language3b. The scratchboard technique used to create the illustrations were AMAZING! I know it took the illustrator a long time to do these pictures, and I think it was a great way to do illustrations for this biography because it gave an older feeling while keeping a fresh (clean) look. The language in the book was of the ragtime era; it was different and had coolness about it. 3c. The cover of the book is the best part in my opinion. It actually looks like he’s playing the piano if you look at his hands! The illustrator made sure that the read had something to look at along with the words. Honestly, without the scratchboard pictures, it wouldn’t be as interesting to me. In the book, the narrator uses words like “cats” (referring to cool people), “breezy”, and “swankiest”. I think we should use these words nowadays!4. I would use this book with a fun musical activity. The students can use percussion instruments and march around the classroom to a Duke Ellington song!

  • Robert
    2019-03-10 18:45

    It's no wonder this book was recognized as a Caldecott Honor book; theillustrations are beautiful. They complement the rhythm of the textvery well. This biography is written in a jazzy tone using upbeatsentence structures and hip language. "He was a smooth-talkin',slick-steppin', piano-playin' kid."umpy-dump, left-handed hops and right-handedslidesWe learn of Duke Ellington's life in an interesting and entertainingmanner. From his desire to impress the ladies in D.C. to ruling theroost at the Cotton Club in Harlem. Ellington's orhestra washighlighted.Biographies are often boring and unimaginative; this one is not. Itis ripe with language. I think a child will not get all the hiplanguage and some of the references, but this book could easily beused as an introduction to the man and his life from which researchcould be launched. I also think mapping out the geography listed inthe book could be a valuable in-class experience.Overall, an entertaining look at one of the greats!

  • CH_Emily Scholnik
    2019-03-13 23:53

    Reading level: Ages 4-8Hardcover: 32 pages Publisher: Hyperion Book CH; 1st edition (March 3, 1999) Language: English ISBN-10: 0786801786 ISBN-13: 978-0786801787 "He was a smooth-talkin', slick-steppin', piano-playin' kid," "writes master wordsmith Andrea Pinkney in the rhythmic, fluid, swinging prose of this excellent biography for early readers." Duke Ellington tells of a young boy and his rise to fame in a time of racism. He was a huge part of the "evolution" of Jazz music, which "originates from the musical traditions of African-American people." I think young students can picture themselves in Duke's shoes. He went out to reach for the stars and caught a big one! He had a talent and was a huge part of Harlem's Cotten Club history. He even performed at Carnegie Hall. Reading and discussing this biography with my students sets the stage that you can do whatever you want to do if you put your mind to it. The illustrations in this book are as rhythmic and fluid as the author's writing.

  • Oona
    2019-03-14 22:31

    First book Wesley brought home from school...

  • Grace Noto
    2019-03-11 22:44

    Title: Duke EllingtonAuthor: Andrea Davis PinkneyIllustrator: Brian PinkneyGenre: biographyTheme(s): music, biography, jazz, civil rights, American historyOpening line/sentence: “His name was Duke.”Brief book summary: A biography of the famous jazz musician Duke Ellington who proudly celebrated the history of African-Americans, from slavery to civil rights struggles.Professional Recommendation/Review #1: Name of reviewer: Susie Wild Name of Source: CLCD, Children’s Literature Link: http://www.clcd.com/#/bookdetail/1/0/... Short blurb:As a small boy, Duke hated taking piano lessons. Then he heard the "soul-rousing romp" of ragtime. Later he entertained with his "fine-as-pie good looks and flashy threads." His compositions were "smoother than a hairdo sleeked with pomade." While Andrea fills the telling of his life with rhythmic lilting dialect and writing studded with era idioms, Brian keeps time with his scratchboard illustrations full of the kind of movement Duke inspired. There are also lots of facts about Duke's famous songs, the members of his band, and an amazing rendering of what the music sounds like. Another splendid picture book biography by the Pinkneys.Professional Recommendation/Review #2: Name of Source: Kirkus Link: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-re... Short blurb:Addressing readers directly—“You ever heard of the jazz-playin’ man, the man with the cats who could swing with his band?”—the Pinkneys embark on a cool and vibrant tour of Duke Ellington’s musical career, from the pool hall ragtime that “set Duke’s fingers to wiggling,” to his 1943 Carnegie Hall concert, also giving some of the soloists that played with him, and songwriter Billy Strayhorn, a chance to step forward. Translated into color and visual forms, music floats and swirls through the scratchboard scenes, curling out of an antique radio, setting dancers to “cuttin’ the rug” at the elegant Cotton Club and, of course, trailing behind an “A” train.Response to Two Professional Reviews: Both of these reviews were highly positive. I agree with these reviewers, especially Susie Wild when she said “there are also lots of facts about Duke’s famous songs, the members of his band, and an amazing rendering of what the music sounds like.” I think that these elements of the book provide an interesting insight to Duke Ellington’s life.Evaluation of Literary Elements: I think this book is interesting because it is mostly about the music of Duke Ellington. However, since this is a book and not a movie, there is no audio to sample the music. This is why the Pinkney’s use of descriptive words and illustrations are so crucial to the book. Even though I am not able to hear what the jazz music sounds like, I can imagine it in my mind.Consideration of Instructional Application: The most obvious lesson to go along with this book would be to do an activity related to music. Jazz is a genre of music that is known to go off on tangents, so it might be fun to present short jazz compositions for my students to play along with as a group. I could provide some percussion or smaller instruments, or even have my students create their own instruments.

  • Volkert
    2019-02-25 00:52

    I just finished reading the Pinkney's "Duke Ellington" to a first grade class in our predominantly white rural school northeast of Seattle. Being trained as a musician, but now working as a librarian, I loved the way this text really swings. When I noticed much of the slang was going over the heads of the children, I'd ask them if they knew what certain words meant. Interestingly, the one African-American girl in the class was hip to most of the jive.Sure some of the terminology went right past these kids, but they got into the groove, which is carried along soulfully by the vibrant illustrations. Like another reviewer here, when I was done reading this to the kids, I wanted to hear "Take the 'A' Train." Fortunately I had a CD of "Duke Ellington's 16 Most Requested Songs" sitting in my library, so I popped it in, and these kids were a-hoppin' and a-boppin'.I think next time, I'll play the CD first. Hopefully, I'll be able to settle 'em down afterwards to hear this jazzy biography. (June 14, 2001.)

  • Katie Lanier
    2019-02-16 20:35

    This biography picture book about Duke Ellington’s life and music provides interesting details without being overwhelming or boring. I'm not surprised that this book was recognized as a Caldecott Honor book; the illustrations complement the rhythmic story in a vibrant and beautiful way. With this book containing complex sentences and slang words from a different time period, younger children may have a harder time understanding the content on their own. However, with help from an adult reading the story aloud, I think this book has the ability to facilitate some great conversations and knowledge. This book would be even better combined with a video or audio of Duke Ellington's music, allowing children to get a better feel for his music and for music of that time period. Overall, this book provides an excellent opportunity for children to learn about the life of a great musician in a fun and captivating way.

  • Darin Johnston
    2019-03-12 21:55

    The King of Keys. Piano Prince. The Duke.All were used to describe Edward Kennedy Ellington, or as we know him, Duke Ellington. He was born in 1899 and it seemed like was surrounded by music. He started piano lessons at a young age, but was quickly turned off by the boring rhythms that were played. However, years later, he heard those same rhythms, but put to a different beat, ragtime. This was the music that set Duke to the piano for the rest of his life. Soon, he was playing, first solo, then with his band, the Washingtonians. 1927, things changed as his band was asked to play at the Harlem hot spot, The Cotton Club. His reputation grew, as did his band as it grew to 12 members, being renamed "Duke Ellington and His Orchestra". They played far and wide, even at Carnegie Hall, during a time when few African Americans could set foot in the building.5 stars, both for information, the presentation, and the colorful, eye catching illustrations.

  • Savannah
    2019-02-19 19:56

    SummaryThis is the biography of Duke Ellington or the "Piano Prince" and how he impacted the world of jazz through his influential compositions and talented orchestra. EvaluationThis is a fabulous book with complex sentences, high vocabulary, and intricate pictures to match. Additionally, the writing in the book is extremely descriptive with sentences such as, "Duke could blend red-hot blips with a purple dash of brass from the trumpet section."Teaching TipsThis would be a good choice for teachers to read aloud to students at any time of the year but it would be a great opportunity for teachers in upper elementary to help students with creative writing. By using the creative adjectives in the text, students could write a story using this colorful vocabulary in a new way.

  • Hope McCabe
    2019-03-11 23:32

    1. Awards: Coretta Scott King Award, ALA Notable Children’s Book (1999), Caldecott Honor Book (1999)2. Kindergarten—4th grade3. This short biography of Duke Ellington expands on his music career. Duke Ellington is one of the biggest names in jazz. This bright and lively picture book brings light to his life as a musician. 4. I find music to be a fascinating and engaging subject, and I think it has a great effect on the minds of students. Learning about one of the most influential people in music is a great way to introduce them into a new interest. The book’s vibrant pictures truly bring his legacy back to life. 5. In the classroom:Teacher can dedicate some time to listen to jazz and the students can express their opinions on it. Teacher can incorporate a music lesson with a very simplified version of one of Duke Ellington’s songs.

  • Marissa Steeves
    2019-03-09 17:49

    This non-fiction Biography about Duke Ellington shows an interesting analysis of his life and achievements. At first he did not enjoy the sounds of the piano or lessons his parents made him take, but discovered a love for jazz music later in life. This book also focuses on his performance "Black, Brown, and Beige" which celebrated African-American history and triumphs. He made a significant cultural influence on not only music, but people's understanding of diverse struggles. Andrea and Brian Pinkey are siblings who wrote and illustrated this award-winning depiction of their own personal passion f0r instruments and jazz music. One way children will find this story captivating is through it's rhythmic and descriptive language.

  • Maria Rowe
    2019-03-13 20:38

    • 1999 Caldecott Honor Book •I love the art in this book! It's so vibrant and colorful, and almost looks likes it's moving on the page. Really interesting that Duke Ellington didn't like taking piano lessons when he was younger and didn't get back into piano playing until he discovered ragtime. Materials used: scratchboard renderings with luma dyes, gouache & oil paintTypeface used: 16-point Cochin

  • Stefanie Burns
    2019-02-16 20:41

    Rich, descriptive vocabulary make up this interesting story about Duke Ellington. The phrases are fun and will facilitate some great conversations between child reader and adult. The illustrations are just as inventive and engaging as the text. The information section at the back gives more facts and expands on the story. Recommended.

  • Emily Marine
    2019-03-15 17:35

    This is a non-fiction biography about the life of Duke Ellington. I gave this 5 stars. I really liked the illustrations in this picture book, I felt as though they gave the book more life. This is great for kids to learn about the life of a musician by text and pictures. This would be good for a third and forth grade, but would be good for a first and up read aloud.

  • Jessie
    2019-02-27 18:54

    I thought both the text and the illustrations described the music of Duke and his orchestra well. The text used a lot of movement-related words to described the music, and the illustrations conveyed that movement.I also really liked the tone of the book and thought it went well with the jazz topic.

  • Samantha DeVoir
    2019-02-25 20:30

    Love this! This book is a great read full of good information on both Duke Ellington and music (though limited on the latter). The illustrations are on point, and after the story there is a short biography as well as a bibliography so you not only know the book was well-researched, but you can look into those books for further reading for yourself. Fun for kids and parents!

  • Katee
    2019-03-17 19:58

    I liked this book because it told of Duke's life in a fun way with a lot of rich and figurative language. This would be a great book to introduce students to figurative language such as smilies, metaphors, personification, etc. while learning about the history of Duke Ellington and how he became a well-known African-American musician.

  • Caroline
    2019-03-11 01:48

    BEAUTIFUL illustrations that perfectly complement the fun rhythmic story. The illustrations put the music into images, and really make early 20th century Harlem come alive and seem vibrant and exciting.

  • Abbie Gerig
    2019-03-04 22:45

    Genre: BiographyGrades: 3-5I liked this book so much that I read it a second time! I really like the stories of hard work and passion and where those two things can get you in life. This book in particular made me wish I continued with my piano lessons when I was in fourth grade. Who knows how I could have been now?

  • Christine
    2019-02-18 01:44

    The illustrations were interesting, but I didn’t care for the text.

  • Tanner Markle
    2019-02-16 23:47

    Title: Duke EllingtonAuthor: Andrea PinkneyIllustrator: Brian PinkneyGenre: Biography (3-5) Theme(s): Music, Hard workOpening line/sentence: You ever hear of the jazz-playin man, the man with the cats that could swing with his band?Brief Book Summary: This book depicts Duke Ellington's life from his start of piano lessons to the peak of his major successes. It looks at the struggles he overcomes throughout his life.Professional Recommendation/Review #1: Bill Ott (Booklist, June 1 & 15, 1998 (Vol. 94, No. 19 & 20)) Jazz continues to attract picture-book artists, who find in the improvisational music a unique opportunity to let their artistic imaginations soar. Too often, however, they soar well beyond the reach of a young audience. Not so with this swinging introduction to the life and music of Duke Ellington. Andrea Davis Pinkney's jaunty, slangy text tells a story and does it with a rhythm and style that manage to capture Ellington's era without sounding silly to today's kids. Describing Duke at 19, she says, "He had fine-as-pie looks and flashy threads. He was a ladies' man with flair to spare." Zipping through Ellington's childhood in Washington, D.C., his early disenchantment with the parlor music of the day, weighed down by its "umpy-dump" beat, and his introduction to ragtime, the text takes Ellington and his young band to Harlem, where success awaited at the legendary Cotton Club. Brian Pinkney's paintings, gorgeous throughout, take center stage when the story turns to Ellington's music. Much has been written about Ellington's painterly approach to musical composition, the way he used his orchestra as an instrument, manipulating color, tone, and mood much as an artist uses oil on a canvas. Yet no one has brought that concept to vivid, stunning life more effectively than Pinkney. His wildly colored yet subtly harmonious paintings are the perfect accompaniment to the author's impressionistic descriptions of the sounds achieved by Ellington's soloists and by the band as a whole: a careening car from the Harlem-bound A train illustrates the "subway beat" of Sonny Greer's bass drum; curling kite tails emerge from Toby Hardwick's sax, "a musical loop-de-loop with a serious twist." Text and art work in perfect harmony here, each creating additional layers of meaning that wouldn't have been possible without the presence of the other. And best of all, the joy in Ellington's music, and the joy his musicians felt in playing it, is apparent on every page. Category: For the Young. 1998, Hyperion, $15.95 and $16.49. Ages 5-8. Starred Review. (PUBLISHER: Hyperion Books for Children (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1998.) Professional Recommendation/Review #2: Marilyn Courtot (Children's Literature) Duke Ellington was born at the turn of the century (1899) in Washington, D.C. He learned to play the piano at an early age, but it wasn't to his liking. But one day, when he heard someone playing ragtime on the piano, his interest was captured and he had to learn. He started to create his own music and, as they say, the rest was history. "Duke," as he was called, was popular and soon his band was asked to play at the prestigious Cotton Club in Harlem. His music was broadcast on radio and his band became an orchestra. His career spanned most of the 20th century and even 24 years after his death, his songs and music are still loved and played. The scratchboard illustrations by Brian Pinkney are alive with the swirling movements of Duke Ellington's music and the musicians who starred in his orchestra. A great introduction and brief look at the life of an African-American musical genius. 1998, Hyperion, $15.95. Ages 5 to 12. (PUBLISHER: Hyperion Books for Children (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1998.) Response to Two Professional Reviews: I agree with the reviews that this book is perfectly illustrated. It is also written in a way that makes it easy for readers to connect to the life of Duke. I also approve of how the reviews used quotes from the book as it is important to note the enthusiastic & "smooth" style in which this book was written.Evaluation of Literary Elements: I think the reviews addressed the main literary elements of this book. The style of writing throughout the book accompany the wild and "jazzy" times & life of Duke Ellington. What is also brought up are the illustrations. As the reviews mention they are created in such a way that they seem to swirl and move with the rhythm of the story. Again, similar to Abe Lincoln Remembers, at the end of the story is an actual biography detailing the many factual events of the life of Duke Ellington.Consideration of Instructional Application: I would pair this book with the biography of Abe Lincoln, as well as other biographies, for the wax museum activity. While I would only actually read a few biographies to the class, I would fill the classroom with biographies for the students to read on their own time as well. This would help to expand their idea of historical figures to do for the activity so we do not have 25 different presidents.

  • Alex Pluemer
    2019-03-10 18:53

    A beautifully illustrated book to get students interested in learning about Duke Ellington.