The Cosmo-biography of Sun Ra

The Cosmo-biography of Sun Ra

The Sound of Joy Is Enlightening

Book - 2014
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A one-hundredth birthday tribute to the late jazz artist explores his observations about humanity's discriminatory and violent behaviors as well as his efforts to forge world peace through music with the Sun Ra Arkestra.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780763658069
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Study Program: Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.5 1 Quiz: 63716.
Accelerated Reader AR LG 5.1 0.5 166189.

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skyekilaen
Jan 31, 2015

Biographies are hard to get right in picture book form. Too often the writing is dry, recounting the facts about a person's life. Not so here! Raschka writes from the premise that musician Sun Ra was 100% correct when he claimed to be from Saturn. After all, writes Raschka, "it would explain so much." What follows is a fascinating tale even if you don't know the first thing about Sun Ra or his music. Raschka picks interesting details instead of following a straight biographical line of key events, and the book is stronger for it. A great place to start learning about Sun Ra, African-American musicians, or just to enjoy.

ma1co1m Nov 19, 2014

If you only read one children's picture book about a deceased jazz icon this year make it this one. A loving tribute to Sun Ra to mark the 100th anniversary of his arrival from Saturn.

KCLSRecommends Oct 08, 2014

Raschka has written a number of books about jazz for very young kids and this is another winner -- this time about the keyboardist and band leader so far ahead of his time that, all his life, he insisted he was from the planet Saturn!

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