Monday, January 21, 2013

Spirit Seeker: John Coltrane’s Musical Journey by Gary Golio -ESSENTIAL

Golio, Gary, and Illustrated by Gutierrez, Rudy Spirit Seeker: John Coltrane’s Musical Journey 48 pgs. Clarion Books, 2012. $16.19.  (Rating: PG –drug & alcohol abuse)
This is the story of John Coltrane’s life. From his childhood full on inspiration and heartache to his own personal journey for spirituality and knowledge to his battle with addiction, everything is here -simply and beautifully told. Featuring big bright illustrations that set the tone for each page of the story.
I cannot stress enough how amazing this book is. The illustrations are so stunning that I am blown away. They are like John’s music captured in artwork. This book could easily be used for a biography, but even better, combine it with a lesson on how artwork portrays mood, emotion, movement, and music. I also really liked John’s spiritual journey and how it affected his life and music. Top Notch!
EL, Elementary –ESSENTIAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

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