A Horn for Louis by Eric A. Kimmel
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How did famous New Orleans jazz trumpet player Louis Armstrong get his first horn?
Seven-year-old Louis Armstrong was too poor to buy a real instrument. He didn’t even go to school. To help his mother pay the rent, every day he rode a junk wagon through the streets of New Orleans, playing a tin horn and collecting stuff people didn’t want. Then one day, the junk wagon passed a pawn shop with a gleaming brass trumpet in the window. . . .
With messages about hard work, persistence, hope, tolerance, cooperation, trust, and friendship, A Horn for Louis is perfect for aspiring young musicians and nonfiction fans alike!
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About Eric A. Kimmel

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Eric A. Kimmel has collected and retold many tales from around the world. Among his best are Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins (a Caldecott Honor Book), Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock, and Cactus Soup. When not writing at his home in Portland, Oregon, he shares his tales at schools and conferences throughout the United States. Learn more: www.ericakimmel.com
Published September 9, 2009 by Random House Books for Young Readers. 96 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Kimmel embroiders one of the several contradictory anecdotes Louis Armstrong told about how he got his first horn into a warm Hanukkah tale with a whiff of old New Orleans.

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