Roots and blues : a celebration

by Adoff, Arnold.

Format: Print Book 2011
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Through poems and poetic prose pieces, acclaimed children's author Arnold Adoff celebrates that uniquely American form of music called the blues. In his signature "shaped speech" style, he creates a narrative of moments and joyous music, from the drums of the ancestors, the red dirt of the plantations, the current of the mighty Mississippi, and the shackles, blood, and tears of slavery. Each chop of the ax is a beat, each lash of the whip fashions another line on the musical staff. But each sound also creates the chords and harmonies that preserve the ancestors and their stories, and sustain life, faith, and hope into our own times.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Celebrated children's poet Adoff here offers nothing less than a sensory history of the blues. In short poems and prose vignettes, he traces the roots of song and rhythm as they are passed down and shaped through collective memories, experiences, visions, and sounds across oceans, on plantations, up and down the Mississippi, in chain gangs and back rooms, and finally on the main stage as a celebrated, uniquely American art form. Christie provides arresting and soul-stirring paintings that echo the poems here and add texture and harmony there, but Adoff's poems are themselves things to be savored visually as well as out loud. It's not necessarily concrete poetry, but the placement of words on the page and even the spacing of the letters within the words stretch and contract like deep breaths across the lines, lending sustain and staccato accents to the language. In Muddy Waters Steps Down, the words form a rough outline of Illinois up top and Louisiana down below as the bluesman arrives in Chicago. Many of the poems, though, are not nearly so direct: Brown fingers moving with the regularity of rhythm / onto stretched skins onto smooth carved wood. / This new world music m o v e s with shackle sounds. These are fleeting bits of sound and slippery-to-grasp flashes of imagery that, like song, are meant to evoke more than inform, and they come with generations' worth of weight and rhythm.--Chipman, Ian Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this visceral collaboration, Adoff and Christie honor the enduring legacy of blues music. Vibrant, haunting acrylic paintings portray crowded slave ships, chain gang labor, and the crackling energy of juke joints. Several poems titled "Listening" capture the sounds of the decades in which they're set (the "high-metal shuffle of chains between wrists") and mimic the rhythms and repetitions of the blues ("Singing vegetables for sale near Auction Square./ Silence under heavy snow one Kansas City winter./ Memphis waterfront noise and rush/ Saint Louis waterfront noise and rush"). This is a challenging, open-hearted collection with images and poems that bleed into one another, but also stand powerfully alone. Ages 8-12. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Blues (Music) -- Juvenile poetry.
African Americans -- Music -- Juvenile poetry.
Music -- Juvenile poetry.
Novels in verse.
Blues (Music) -- Poetry.
African Americans -- Music -- Poetry.
Music -- Poetry.
Publisher New York :Clarion Books,2011
Contributors Christie, R. Gregory, 1971-
Language English
Description 86 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780547235547 :
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