Play, Louis, Play! by Muriel Harris Weinstein
The True Story of a Boy and His Horn

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The childhood of Louis Armstrong was as fascinating as the great musician himself-and this chapter book biography tells it like never before. Play, Louis, Play! is written from the point of view of Louis' closest companion throughout his youth-his horn! In a jazz-inflected, exuberant voice, this unusual narrator tells it all, starting with the small New Orleans hock shop where little Louis bought his first trumpet for five hard-earned dollars.As Louis goes from a street quartet to the marching band of the Colored Waif 's Home to the big sounds of New Orleans jazz clubs, author Muriel Harris Weinstein creates a moving portrait of the jazz legend. Includes a detailed author's note, glossary of jazz terms, and bibliography.
 

About Muriel Harris Weinstein

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MURIEL HARRIS WEINSTEIN's poems have appeared in The Comstock Review, Nassau Review, Kent State Review, Nexus, and many anthologies. She is the author of the picture book When Louis Armstrong Taught Me Jazz. She lives in New York. FRANK MORRISON is a renowned fine artist whose work was featured in Our Children Can Soar. He has lent his talents to many picture books, including Alex Rodriguez's Out of the Ballpark, Queen Latifah's Queen of the Scene, and Brenda Roberts' Jazzy Miz Mozetta, for which he won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent. He lives in Georgia.
 
Published December 7, 2010 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens. 112 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The subtitle’s belied straightaway as the narrator, Armstrong’s first cornet, begins opining enthusiastically from the display window of a New Orleans “hock shop.” Claiming that Louis would “talk to me as if we were brothers, tell me every note in his life” and invoking Armstrong’s lifelong jour...

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A well-written book is a well-written book, no matter who its target market is.

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The Gainesville Sun

With hard work and a little help from a friend finally bought his horn, Soon, he was making music all over New Orleans.Years later, when Louis Armstrong was famous and had fancy, expensive horns, the one he loved the most was his first.

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