Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Cosmo Biography of Sun Ra by Chris Raschka –OPTIONAL

Raschka, Chris The Cosmo Biography of Sun Ra  40 pgs. Candlewick, 2014. $15.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G Violence: G. PICTURE BOOK.
A short quirky biography of Sun Ra, the famous Jazz Musician. Details about changing his name, learning music, and performing. Featuring flowing blurry bright illustrations.
I can see how a music teacher doing a unit on Jazz music could make use of this book. But as a biography it would be confusing and unappealing for children to read on their own. It makes the supposition that Sun Ra is from Saturn, which children would buy into as fact. There are no photographs, which can be off putting when students are interested in an adults life, they want to see them as kids.

EL –OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

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