The Deaf Musicians by Pete Seeger

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Poor Lee! He used to be a jazzman who could make the piano go yimbatimba- TANG—zang-zang. But now he's lost his hearing, and the bandleader had to let him go.

So Lee goes to a school for the deaf to learn sign language. There, he meets Max, who used to play the sax. Riding the subway to class, they start signing about all the songs they love. A bass player named Rose joins in and soon they've got a little sign language band. And in no time they're performing for audiences in the subway, night after night.

Living legend and Kennedy Center honoree Pete Seeger, renowned poet Paul DuBois Jacobs, and Coretta Scott King honor winner R. Gregory Christie present a jazzy riff on the power of music, overcoming obstacles, and all the different ways to hear the world. So, who will listen to a deaf musician? Everyone!

 

About Pete Seeger

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Pete Seeger, the internationally acclaimed songwriter, musician, and activist, lives with his wife, Toshi, and daughter, Tinya, near Beacon, New York. In 2009 the PBS film "The Power of Song" celebrated his activism through music. There is a movement underway to nominate Mr. Seeger for the Nobel Peace Prize. Paul DuBois Jacobs and Jennifer Swender are a husband-and-wife team living in Brooklyn, New York. Paul has coauthored three books with musician Pete Seeger: Pete Seeger's Storytelling Book, Abiyoyo Returns, and Some Friends to Feed: The Story of Stone Soup. Jennifer is an early childhood educator and curriculum developer. Paul and Jennifer's favorite subway line is the Q train.
 
Published October 5, 2006 by Putnam Juvenile. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books.

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After losing his hearing, a piano man finds new musical life.

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