Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Django: The World's Greatest Jazz Guitarist
by Bonnie Christensen
Picture Book Biography
New York : Flash Point/Roaring Brook Press, c2009
Having never heard of Django before, I had no idea what this book held in store for me. What an amazing and inspirational story was revealed to me through the life of this gifted musician. Django was born in 1910 to a gypsy family in Belgium. Living the usual gypsy life, Django traveled from place to place, never attending school. Despite the hard life, he was constantly surrounded by music and dancing.At a very young age he becomes a master of his guitar. A fire destroys his gypsy wagon and leaves his hands virtually useless. Instead of giving up his beloved guitar, he spends hours perfecting a new way to make beautiful music with his crippled hands. Not only was the story beautiful, the illustrations were absolutely gorgeous and mood-invoking.