|Born to swing : Lil Hardin Armstrong's life in jazz|
Author: Rockliff, Mara
The story of "Hot Miss Lil" Hardin Armstrong, legendary jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader-and a female pioneer of the music stage.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 3.50
Points: .5 Quiz: 193651
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 4.20
Points: 3.0 Quiz: 72674
Kirkus Reviews (11/01/17)
School Library Journal (00/12/17)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/02/18)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 03/15/2018 “I was just born to swing,” Lil Hardin says, as she tells her own story in this jazzy picture book. Born in Memphis, Lil Hardin heard the Father of Blues, W. C. Handy, as a child and was immediately attracted. Lil’s mother took pride in her daughter’s piano playing—but only when the music was Beethoven and Bach. After her family moved to Chicago, Lil got a job playing jazz at a music store. There she was able to meet the jazz greats, and that led to her playing with the bands of the day. She married Louis Armstrong, and they collaborated on songs. In later life, as musical tastes changed, she tried other lines of work, but jazz kept a hold on her, and in the book’s final page, she describes her own death, pounding away on the piano. Both the chatty text and acrylic illustrations, which have an outsider-art feel, are enthusiastic and engaging. Children who may have little experience with jazz will still get a sense of its innovation and the excitement it brought to performers and audiences alike. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.