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Louis Armstrong : jazz musician
McKissack, Pat, 1944-2017.
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Revised edition.
Publication Information:
Berkeley Heights, NJ : Enslow Publishers, [2001]

Physical Description:
32 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 2.8 0.5 14574.
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ML3930.A75 M4 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography

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Music has been in my blood from the day I was born, said Louis Armstrong. He rose from a troubled childhood and a life of poverty to set the music world on fire. Armstrong's lively trumpet playing, trademark scat singing, and natural talent for showmanship dazzled audiences for more than fifty years. In clear, crisp prose, the McKissacks place Armstrong in American musical history and show the impact his extraordinary talent made throughout the world.

Author Notes

Patricia C. McKissack was born in Smyrna, Tennessee on August 9, 1944. She received a bachelor's degree in English from Tennessee State University in 1964 and a master's degree in early childhood literature and media programming from Webster University in 1975. After college, she worked as a junior high school English teacher and a children's book editor at Concordia Publishing.

Since the 1980's, she and her husband Frederick L. McKissack have written over 100 books together. Most of their titles are biographies with a strong focus on African-American themes for young readers. Their early 1990s biography series, Great African Americans included volumes on Frederick Douglass, Marian Anderson, and Paul Robeson. Their other works included Black Hands, White Sails: The Story of African-American Whalers and Days of Jubilee: The End of Slavery in the United States. Over their 30 years of writing together, the couple won many awards including the C.S. Lewis Silver Medal, a Newbery Honor, nine Coretta Scott King Author and Honor awards, the Jane Addams Peace Award, and the NAACP Image Award for Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman?. In 1998, they received the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.

She also writes fiction on her own. Her book included Flossie and the Fox, Stitchin' and Pullin': A Gee's Bend Quilt, A Friendship for Today, and Let's Clap, Jump, Sing and Shout; Dance, Spin and Turn It Out! She won the Newberry Honor Book Award and the King Author Award for The Dark Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural in 1993 and the Caldecott Medal for Mirandy and Brother Wind. She dead of cardio-respiratory arrest on April 7, 2017 at the age of 72.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 2-4. The writing is undistinguished in this Great African Americans biography series. The attempt to have illustration on every page makes an odd juxtaposition of fine documentary photographs and dull drawings. Still, there's not much else available for beginning readers about these extraordinary people whose life stories will be of great interest to children. ~--Hazel Rochman

Table of Contents

1 Off to a Bad Startp. 5
2 In Troublep. 9
3 And All That Jazzp. 13
4 Oh, Yeaaaaah!p. 19
5 Satchmop. 23
Timelinep. 28
Words to Knowp. 29
Learn More About Louis Armstrong (Books, Music, and Internet Addresses)p. 31
Indexp. 32