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Title:
A very young musician
Author:
Krementz, Jill.
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Publication Information:
New York : Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1991.
Physical Description:
44 unnumbered pages ; 29 cm
Summary:
Text and photographs feature a boy who is learning to play the trumpet.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780671726874
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Book

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Ten-year-old Josh Broder describes many of the activities in his life that are connected to his study of the trumpet.


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Booklist Review

Gr. 3-5. Like the other high achievers in Krementz' popular Very Young photo-essay series--a dancer, a gymnast, a circus flyer, a rider, and a skier--10-year-old trumpet-player Josh Broder of Portland, Maine, is disciplined and intense. He's also no nerd, but a "regular," happy kid with a supportive middle-class family and friends. Unlike the others in the series, his art offers no dramatic pyrotechnics for the photographer. Even so, Krementz reveals variety and excitement in his practice and performance. Her fine color photos show Josh playing alone in his room, with his teacher, in groups at school, at Interlochen summer camp, and in his town's marching band. One quiet, lovely shot shows the trumpet repair shop with instruments hanging in the shadows. Only the "accidental" meeting with star Wynton Marsalis, who gives Josh an "impromptu" lesson, is too obviously a glitzy setup, though it is exciting. Josh's voice is casual, smart, and articulate ("It's all process, not product"), and serious musicians will like that. They'll also enjoy the less formal occasions: Josh exercises his lips a lot--"Trumpeters are all good kissers," he says. ~--Hazel Rochman


Publisher's Weekly Review

Krementz, creator of photographic portraits of a young gymnast, dancer, skater, rider and others, here turns her attention to Josh Broder, an affable fifth-grader who loves to play the trumpet. Krementz's photos--some clearly posed and others refreshingly candid--show Josh practicing with a jazz band at school, taking private lessons, studying a musical score at home and marching with a local high school band in a Veterans' Day parade. Krementz focuses on two events that were highlights in the life of this gifted trumpeter: a stay at Interlochen, a summer camp for performing artists; and a private session with Wynton Marsalis before a concert given by this famous trumpet player. Sprinkled throughout Josh's first-person narrative are nuggets of information that aspiring musicians will appreciate, including a description of woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. Only occasionally does the text sound a false note, as when this 10-year-old allegedly says: ``Trumpet players are all good kissers. At least that's what my girlfriends say.'' Nevertheless, this is a commendable addition to Krementz's series. Ages 4-8. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved