Everybody Gets the Blues by Leslie Staub

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Chase those dreary blues away!

Everybody gets the blues sometimes—dogs and cats, moms and dads, even tiny babies. Just take a look around. If you help someone else who’s feeling sad, you might find that your blues are gone. Or maybe the Blues Guy will come along, to listen or sing the blues with you and sit by your side. A native of New Orleans, Leslie Staub wrote this story after experiencing Hurricane Katrina. Yet this book’s rhythmic, bluesy text and hip, eye-catching illustrations are just right for anyone who’s ever felt those mysterious feelings of sadness—then found that hope and sunnier skies are close at hand.

About Leslie Staub

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Leslie Staub's paintings have been exhibited in galleries throughout the United States. In addition to her books for Harcourt, she has illustrated Lives: Poems About Famous Americans. She lives in New Orleans, Louisiana. R.G. ROTH studied drawing and painting at the Rhode Island School of Design. His award-winning work has been displayed in New York City. Though a native of the historic whaling village Cold Spring Harbor, New York, he now lives with his wife, two daughters, and their dog Moxie in a 1850s period home in Hudson, Ohio.
Published January 10, 2012 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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The gent comforts the boy with his presence: “Blues Guy sits there by my side, / sometimes talking, sometimes quiet.” They sing together: “We sing so loud, we start to rise, / We rise so high, we start to fly— / we fly to where someone else is crying.” Some readers might wonder whether—as Staub a...

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“Everybody gets the blues sometimes: the boo-hoo blues, the you lose blues, the oh no, don’t go, miss you blues.” Leslie Staub offers encouragement and hope to kids who have the blues in her charming story.

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Portland Book Review

Wilson Pulitzer Prize-Winning Biologist Author of On Human Nature Sat 11 Tix are available at etix.com Sun7:30 @Powells the first collection of short fiction from Jess Walter, is a suite of diverse, often comic stories wp.me/P2DwkQ-bv0 In Everybody Gets the Blues by Leslie Staub, we...

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A young boy admits to being sad sometimes, and the “Blues Guy” joins him in embracing their sadness and then adventuring together to help others get through their blues.

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