Piano Starts Here by Robert A. Parker
The Young Art Tatum

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Regardless of whether they’ve heard of jazz or Art Tatum, young readers will appreciate how Parker uses simple, lyrical storytelling and colorful and energetic ink-and-wash illustrations to show the world as young Art Tatum might have seen it. Tatum came from modest beginnings and was nearly blind, but his passion for the piano and his acute memory for any sound that he heard drove him to become a virtuoso who was revered by both classical and jazz pianists alike. Included in the back matter is a biography and bibliography.

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Robert Andrew Parker has illustrated numerous acclaimed books for children, including the Caldecott Honor Book Popcorn and Ma Goodness by Edna Mitchell Preston, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner Cold Feet by Cynthia DeFelice, and Action Jackson by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, which received six starred reviews and was an Robert F. Sibert Honor Book. Mr. Parker is a jazz musician. He lives in West Cornwall, Connecticut.
Published December 19, 2012 by Schwartz & Wade. 40 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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He’s a mechanic.”), while Tatum’s near-blindness obviates evocations of sounds and smells rather than sights: “I love our church—the way it smells like soap, furniture polish, and flowers;

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The story itself may be too long for some of the littlest kids, but parents can start with the pictures and then move to the text as their child's attention span lengthens.

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