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A very young musician
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
Text and photographs feature a boy who is learning to play the trumpet.
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ML3928 .K73 1991 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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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

A 10-year-old trumpeter is the subject of this photo essay that explores numerous facets of the musical world. Ages 8-12. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved