Django by Bonnie Christensen

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Born into a travelling gypsy family, young Django Reinhardt taught himself guitar at an early age. He was soon acclaimed as the "Gypsy Genius" and "Prodigy Boy," but one day his world changed completely when a fire claimed the use of his fretting hand. Folks said Django would never play again, but with passion and perserverance he was soon setting the world's concert stages ablaze.

Bonnie Christensen's gorgeous oil paintings and jazzy, syncopated text perfectly depict the man and his music.


About Bonnie Christensen

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BONNIE CHRISTENSEN is the author and illustrator of two nonfiction picture books, Woody Guthrie: Poet of the People, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and an ALA Notable Book, and The Daring Nellie Bly. She is also the illustrator of Pompeii: Lost and Found, written by Mary Pope Osborne.
Published February 1, 2011 by Square Fish. 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, Children's Books.

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Richly expressive paint and ink illustrations portray the hard-earned successes of Django Reinhardt, whose childhood was spent traveling with his impoverished gypsy family, where music was a consta

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Common Sense Media

Born into a poor Gypsy family in Belgium a decade after the turn of the century, Django learned to play guitar at the family's fireside.

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Chicago Tribune

The opening picture shows the world into which Django Reinhardt was born, in 1910, in Belgium.

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Guitar International

Christensen is the author-illustrator of Woodie Guthrie: Poet of the People, a Boston Globe-Horn Honor Book and a New York Times Notable Book.

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