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Daddy Played the Blues
Contributor(s): Garland, Michael

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ISBN: 0884485889     ISBN-13: 9780884485889
Publisher: Tilbury House Pub
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Published: September 2017

Annotation: Packing themselves into an old jalopy—with Daddy, Uncle Vern, and Mama in the front seat and Cassie and her two brothers in the back—they joined the Great Migration from the impoverished Deep South to Chicago, where there was work to be had in the stockyards. Across the kids’ laps lay Daddy’s prized possession, a six-string guitar. Daddy worked hard to put food on the table, but what he really loved was playing the blues. This evocative tale of the African-American odyssey in search of a better life is also a homage to the uniquely American music that developed from African music and American spirituals, work songs, and folk ballads.In the book’s backmatter, Garland relates how he first heard and fell in love with blues music, beginning a lifelong fandom. Portraits and thumbnail biographies of great blues musicians and landmark songs complete this tribute to the great American music and the yearnings that produced it.Fountas & Pinnell Level S
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
African Americans; Fiction.
Family life; Fiction.
Blues (Music); Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Performing Arts | Music
- Juvenile Fiction | Historical | United States
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2017030337
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 2-3, Age 7-8
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 9.50" H x 11.00" W x 0.25" (1.22 lbs) 48 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Spring)
A young black girl recounts her family's 1936 move from Mississippi to Chicago to find work. Through it all, Daddy plays blues on his guitar. Cassie's fictional story, punctuated by blues lyrics, ends abruptly with a multi-page author's note that focuses heavily on blues-influenced white musicians. "Digital woodcut" illustrations vary in execution and lack cohesion. A basic Great Migration map, song credits, and musician bios are included. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
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