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The Resource Piano starts here : the young Art Tatum, by Robert Andrew Parker

Piano starts here : the young Art Tatum, by Robert Andrew Parker

Label
Piano starts here : the young Art Tatum
Title
Piano starts here
Title remainder
the young Art Tatum
Statement of responsibility
by Robert Andrew Parker
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The story of the young Art Tatum, who became one of the all-time greats of jazz piano
Writing style
Award
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 2009
  • Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth, 2008
  • Schneider Family Book Award for Young Children, 2009.
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ K-Gr 4— Breathing life into words about music for young children is never easy, but Parker makes it appear effortless. Perhaps this is due, in part, to his own understandings as a jazz musician. His first-person account about the early years of Tatum's life is a feast for the senses. Beautifully paced, spare sentences accompany introductory watercolors of the legendary jazz pianist's family. Viewers watch the toddler on tiptoe reaching for the keys that provided delight to him from this early stage. As the narrative develops and Tatum's impaired vision begins to fade, the lines lengthen, incorporating the sounds, smells, and physical sensations that were much clearer to him. Listeners can imagine the scents of furniture polish and flowers as the boy plays in church or the vibration of his father's footsteps as he dances to his son's music in the living room. Parker's palette and style vary to create just the right ambience, with compositions ranging from a brightly lit snowscape with realistic figures racing down the path to moody, impressionistic backgrounds swirling around Tatum playing his beloved "Humoresque" on the road as a young man. Notes from the author describe his personal encounter with the musician and provide an overview of his life. A bibliography of adult resources is included; there is little available for children. Showcase this title with Chris Raschka's Charlie Parker Played Be Bop (Scholastic, 1992) and Andrea Davis Pinkney's Ella Fitzgerald (Hyperion, 2002) along with some CDs for a joint-jumping, heart-pumping ride.—Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library --Wendy Lukehart (Reviewed February 1, 2008) (School Library Journal, vol 54, issue 2, p108)
  • Parker, who illustrated Ballet of the Elephants and Action Jackson , makes his writing debut with a biography of famed jazz pianist Art Tatum, which takes some creative license in its straightforward, first-person narrative. “Bad eyes can't keep me from playing the piano,” says a young Tatum. “My hands get to know the keys, the short black ones on top and long white ones below. I play more and more. And more.” The uncluttered storytelling offers a chronological journey of Tatum's rise to fame: his first recital in church; a night of playing moon-themed songs while neighborhood children catch fireflies; his first gig at a bar. From the twins next door who help him walk to school to a café owner who lets him use his player piano, the story incorporates the people who were important in Tatum's early life—his hardworking parents, foremost. A subtle sophistication shines through Parker's easygoing yet dynamic watercolors. Roughly hewn sketch lines give the characters an almost abstract quality, but their faces and gestures project emotion nonetheless, as in vignettes of a bartender smiling contentedly or Tatum's mother sitting in the shadows by a radio, both listening to Tatum play. Parker's unhurried account could inspire visions of jazz greatness among young musicians. Ages 4-8. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed December 24, 2007) (Publishers Weekly, vol 254, issue 51, p55)
  • /* Starred Review */ Renowned illustrator Parker supplies both an affecting text and luminescent watercolors in homage to the virtuosic Tatum. Blending information and imagination, the plainspoken, first-person-present text examines the jazz pianist's childhood and musical development, progressing from school and church functions to Toledo bars, the club circuit and New York. Parker's phrases perfectly correlate with his subject: Early details merit short simple declaratives ("This is my father. 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; the way footstep sounds echo off the walls." Ink-lined watercolors revel in as resplendent an interplay of hue and tone as Tatum's improvisations. Sunny childhood scenes (a charming spot depicts toddler Arthur, playing the family piano on tiptoe) yield to clubs' sultry blue light. Gorgeous abstract washes dial Tatum's legendary extemporizations. Fusing Parker's artistic talent and passion for jazz (he's a musician, too), this sensitively embellished biography is totally on time. (author's and biographical notes, bibliography of adult sources) (Picture book/biography. 5-10) (Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2007)
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
233268
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Parker, Robert Andrew
Dewey number
  • 786.2/165092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • 004-008
  • AD750L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
LG
LC call number
ML3930.T2
LC item number
P37 2008
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 0
  • 4
Nature of contents
bibliography
Reading level
4.7
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Tatum, Art
  • Jazz musicians
  • Jazz musicians
Target audience
juvenile
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
the young Art Tatum
Label
Piano starts here : the young Art Tatum, by Robert Andrew Parker
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
671572
Dimensions
24 x 29 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780375839658
Isbn Type
(hc)
Lccn
2006102105
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780375839658
  • (OCoLC)77334108
Label
Piano starts here : the young Art Tatum, by Robert Andrew Parker
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
671572
Dimensions
24 x 29 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780375839658
Isbn Type
(hc)
Lccn
2006102105
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780375839658
  • (OCoLC)77334108

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