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 Song in a rainstorm : the story of musical prodigy Thomas "Blind Tom" Wiggins
 Author: Armand, Glenda

 Publisher:  Whitman (2021)

 Dewey: 786.2092
 Classification: Biography
 Physical Description: [40] p., col. ill., 26 cm

 BTSB No: 068476 ISBN: 9780807509418
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Blind Tom, -- 1849-1908
 Pianists -- United States -- Biography
 Composers -- United States -- Biography
 Blind musicians -- United States -- Biography
 African American musicians -- United States -- Biography
 Musicians -- United States -- Biography

Price: $22.58

Born blind into a life of slavery, Thomas Wiggins was dismissed as a "useless burden." But through the loving protection of his family, he went on to become one of the greatest musicians of his time.

 Illustrator: Jackson, Bea

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Booklist - 12/01/2020 Born into an enslaved family in Georgia in 1849, Tom Wiggins was blind. Though late in talking, he could mimic animal sounds and memorize song lyrics at age four. Slaveholder General Bethune took an interest in him, evidently as a potential source of revenue. Living in the “Big House” with the Bethune family, Tom had tutors and his own piano. He played it constantly and composed music too. At six, he began performing professionally. Five years later, he became the first Black musician to play at the White House. The story concludes with his triumphant European tour, featuring difficult classical pieces as well as popular songs. Armand’s involving narrative reads aloud well, and Jackson’s nicely composed illustrations express the warmth of the writing while portraying people, events, and historical settings effectively. While the appended author’s note suggests that today Tom might be called “an autistic musical savant” and details how his talent was exploited by Bethune even after the Civil War, this picture book focuses on Wiggins’ life and his accomplishments as a remarkable musical prodigy. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.

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