Biography, Black History Month, Music

Birth of the Cool: How Jazz Great Miles Davis Found His Sound By Kathleen Cornell Berman

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Back of Book:
As a young musician, Miles Davis heard music everywhere. This biography explores the childhood and early career of a jazz legend as he finds his voice and shapes a new musical sound. Follow his progression from East St. Louis to rural Arkansas, from Julliard and NYC jazz clubs to the prestigious Newport Jazz Festival.
My Review:
I received a copy of this picture book from Page Street Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
I have been using several different picture books to teach my students about different forms of poetry. I am so excited to share this story with them on Monday. It uses rhythmic free verse to tell readers about the life of the great Miles Davis. The story follows Miles from his childhood in St. Louis to his unforgettable career as a trumpet player. Miles never stopped challenging himself and in the process changed music. The text has quotes from Miles which adds a layer of depth to the story. The illustrations by debut illustrator Keith Henry Brown are nothing short of breathtaking! The colors are rich and draw readers into the life and struggles of a music legend. The back of the book has a note from Wynton Marsalis as well as notes from the author and illustrator. I loved that every note shared the impact that Miles music had on them.
This is a great nonfiction biography that showcases the strength and dedication that Miles Davis had for music. It is a true treasure and should be in all classrooms and libraries.
Ages 8 an up
40 Pages

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