Blues Journey by Walter Dean MyersBlues Journey by Walter Dean Myers

Blues Journey

byWalter Dean MyersIllustratorChristopher Myers

Hardcover | March 1, 2003

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The opening verse of this latest father/son collaboration probes the very essence of a form--and a feeling; it asks the question that anyone who has sought solace in music can relate to. The pair's first composition wandered through a Harlem collage, depicting "a call, a song, the mood indigo, a language of darkness." This new duet is the blues: verbally and visually, it explores the idiom while exemplifying it. A call and response accompanies each painting. As the journey progresses, the lyrics and art look at loss through the lenses of slavery, poverty, lynching, love spurned, fear of dying and of living. An author's note provides a lucid description of the history, elements, and importance of the blues.
Walter Dean Myers (1937 - 2014) was born in Martinsburg, West Virginia He was one of the premier authors of books for children, and received numerous awards including the Michael L. Printz award and the Coretta Scott King Award.Christopher Myers is a writer and fine artist, but he is best known for his award-winning picture books, such...
Title:Blues JourneyFormat:HardcoverPublished:March 1, 2003Publisher:Holiday HouseLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0823416135

ISBN - 13:9780823416134

Appropriate for ages: 1 - 5


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Blues Resource I loved this book! This book is a must if you are teaching Arts Education as I did. I taught the history of Rock N' Roll and talked about how Rock had its roots in the Blues. Then I got all the students to write a Blues song. This book would make an excellent model. The whole book is one big blues song. Each page (picture) would easily lead into a discussion of the Blues and the time period in which it was created. A Blues glossary is also included in the back of the book to help explain the lyrics. (The story of the book) The illustrations alone are marvelous; all done in a blue hue and very powerful. Yes, this is technically a picture book but I've used picture books with students up to grade ten, and never did one student complain.
Date published: 2003-10-21

Read from the Book

Blues--what you mean to me?Are you my pain and misery,or my sweet, sweet company?