Duke Ellington pounds the pearlies

January 9, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Duke Ellington by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney; published by Hyperion Books for Children, New York; 1998.

I had to include this book since I just helped my daughter research Duke Ellington for a school project in the Spring.  The scratchboard illustrations give the illusion of the early jazz days of Duke Ellington and the story is written with a rhythm like Ellington’s music.

I was captivated by the telling of his story and would recommend it for biography projects because there are sources listed in the back of the book as well as more information about the man.  I’d also use it if I ever did a jazz program like I mentioned in the review of Jazz.  Additionally, the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History has online resources about jazz which includes actual artifacts from Ellington’s life in the virtual exhibit.


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