John Coltrane's Giant Steps by Chris Raschka
(Richard Jackson Books (Atheneum Hardcover))

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Synopsis

You may be surprised
at the tricky music
a box,
a snowflake,
some raindrops,
and a kitten
can make.

Right before your eyes.
And on the pages
of this book.

There is someone
backstage
watching, encouraging
our performers
but keeping them
under control.

Why not
listen along?
 

About Chris Raschka

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Chris Raschka is the illustrator of The Hello, Goodbye Window, which was awarded the Caldecott Medal.  He is also the illustrator of the Caldecott Honor Book Yo! Yes?; Charlie Parker Played Be Bop; Mysterious Thelonious; John Coltrane's Giant Steps; and Can't Sleep. He lives with his wife and son in New York City.
 
Published July 1, 2002 by Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Arts & Photography, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In a picture book that is simultaneously simpler and much more abstract than his earlier celebrations of Charlie Parker (Charlie Parker Played Be Bop, 1992) and Thelonious Monk (Mysterious Thelonious, 1997), Raschka attempts to depict visually saxophone great John Coltrane’s “marvelous and tricky...

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This innovative visual deconstruction of one of jazz saxophonist Coltrane's most beloved compositions may be Raschka's (Mysterious Thelonious) most ambitious picture book yet.

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Chris Raschka's delightful book for young people, John Coltrane's Giant Steps, illustrates "Trane's" classic recording "Giant Steps" using a pastel box, a snowflake, some raindrops and a cool kitten.

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