The Piano Man by Debbi Chocolate

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In this beautiful story, poignant prose and lush paintings tell the story of a girl's bond with her grandfather through their shared love of music. Eric Velasquez' stunning picture book debut, for which he received the Coretta Scott King New Talent Award, captures Debbi Chocolate's vivid memories of her grandfather, the piano man, his long career spanning decades of American music history, and his special talent for sharing his passion with generation after generation.

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Chocolate is the author of several children's books. She lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband and two sons. Eric Velasquez, the son of Afro-Puerto Rican parents, was born in Spanish Harlem and grew up in Harlem in New York City. As a child, his love for doodling and drawing was strongly encouraged by his mother. From his grandmother he inherited a love of music and from his father he developed a love of movies. Growing up in this setting, Eric says, "Becoming an artist was a natural choice for me. I have never thought of being anything else.
Published February 1, 1998 by Walker Childrens. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Chocolate (Kente Colors, 1996, etc.) refers to her grandfather as the man behind this story, but this memory piece about a pianist in the days of silent films and vaudeville comes with the standard disclaimer--that all the characters and events are fictitious.

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The children's book titled The Piano Man by Debbi Chocolate, with illustrations by Eric Velasquez, is the touching story of an African American who played the piano for silent movies.

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