My Hands Sing the Blues: Romare Bearden's Childhood Journey

Jeanne Walker Harvey Elizabeth Zunon

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My Hands Sing the Blues: Romare Bearden's Childhood Journey

My Hands Sing the Blues: Romare Bearden's Childhood Journey By Jeanne Walker Harvey Elizabeth Zunon My Hands Sing the Blues Romare Bearden s Childhood Journey As a young boy growing up in North Carolina Romare Bearden listened to his great grandmother s Cherokee stories and heard the whistle of the train that took his people to the North people who wanted

  • Title: My Hands Sing the Blues: Romare Bearden's Childhood Journey
  • Author: Jeanne Walker Harvey Elizabeth Zunon
  • ISBN: 9780761458104
  • Page: 161
  • Format: Hardcover
  • My Hands Sing the Blues: Romare Bearden's Childhood Journey By Jeanne Walker Harvey Elizabeth Zunon As a young boy growing up in North Carolina, Romare Bearden listened to his great grandmother s Cherokee stories and heard the whistle of the train that took his people to the North people who wanted to be free When Romare boarded that same train, he watched out the window as the world whizzed by Later he captured those scenes in a famous painting, Watching the Good TraiAs a young boy growing up in North Carolina, Romare Bearden listened to his great grandmother s Cherokee stories and heard the whistle of the train that took his people to the North people who wanted to be free When Romare boarded that same train, he watched out the window as the world whizzed by Later he captured those scenes in a famous painting, Watching the Good Trains Go By Using that painting as inspiration and creating a text influenced by the jazz that Bearden loved, Jeanne Walker Harvey describes the patchwork of daily southern life that Romare saw out the train s window and the story of his arrival in shimmering New York City Artists and critics today praise Bearden s collages for their visual metaphors honoring his past, African American culture, and the human experience Elizabeth Zunon s illustrations of painted scenes blended with collage are a stirring tribute to a remarkable artist.My Hands Sing the Blues is the recipient of the 2012 IRA Childrens and Young Adults Book Award Primary Non Fiction, as well as the gold winner of a Moonbeam Children s Book Award in the category of Picture Book All Ages.
    My Hands Sing the Blues: Romare Bearden's Childhood Journey By Jeanne Walker Harvey Elizabeth Zunon

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    One thought on “My Hands Sing the Blues: Romare Bearden's Childhood Journey

    1. Jen on said:

      Beautiful illustrations I wanted about the artist then the text offers There is a note in the back about his life It is, however, a nice introduction for younger readers about this amazing artist.

    2. Diana on said:

      Romare Bearden was an African American artist and writer He worked in collages, sharing his life s experiences, especially from scenes in the American South Bearden turned to music, co writing the hit song Sea Breeze, which was recorded by Billy Eckstine and Dizzy Gillespie it is still considered a jazz classic.My favorite quote from the book You put down one color, and it calls for an answer You have to look at it like a melody Just like jazz, with all of its free form improvisation, so it is w [...]

    3. Doret on said:

      This is a beautiful portrayal of Romare Bearden s childhood journey Showing many of Bearden s early influences from his birth state of North Carolina, his grandparents and trains Harvey uses a lyrical bluesy text very fitting of Bearden s artistic style I m like a singer calling out, then holding back I m like a trumpet player blowing loud, then dropping back When I put a beat of color on an empty canvas I never know what s coming down the track As a young boy Bearden migrates from the south to [...]

    4. Robin on said:

      A beautifully illustrated picture book biography of Romare Bearden s childhood, from his early years in the South and his memories of home, to his love of trains and his journey north with his parents to Harlem as part of the Great Migration.A great subject to diversify your art collection, as Bearden was of Cherokee and African American ancestry.From illustrator Elizabeth Zunon s page Elizabeth Zunon grew up in a hot, sunny, tropical country in West Africa called the Ivory Coast, where people s [...]

    5. Xi Cai on said:

      This book has easy text to read, the outline is clear, simple I was impressed by the background images after flipping a few pages This picture book has a clear, simple, warm color and easy background which really attracts the reader The font is big and easy to read with black color The orientation is nicely constructed The image shape is catchy for children The illustrations show the situation or social class role of Black African Americans after the civil war by describing a trip from South Car [...]

    6. Pam on said:

      Can you teach people about an artist without showing them the artist s work My answer to that question is no which is one of the reasons I have rated this book only two stars Without Romare Bearden s own artwork, this is just a story about a young Southern boy who migrated with his parents to the North Jeanne Walker Harvey s story would be fun to read aloud, but is it really about Romare Bearden the artist Elizabeth Zunon s artwork is gorgeous, but should it be illustrating a book about Romare B [...]

    7. Katherine on said:

      Documents the biography of Romare Bearden s childhood journey from North Carolina to New York Through the graceful text, the story of Romare s past, his joys and fears come to life The collage illustrations mirror the work of Bearden, some clippings and some painting The text is similar to lyrics from blues and jazz music, which Bearden said was the inspiration for much of his work This book shows how music and art are so closely intertwined You put down one color, and it calls for an answer You [...]

    8. Amy Gibson on said:

      This book is a gem In lyrical, rhythmic, blues inspired verse, Harvey tells the story of one American artist s road to becoming It provides a fascinating window into an artist s life, through his eyes as a child Words and pictures work seamlessly to bring this story to life Elizabeth Zunon s layered illustrations invite looking at over and over again.As a former teacher who strove to design an authentically multicultural curriculum, I find this to be an excellent classroom resource a beautifully [...]

    9. Judy Desetti on said:

      This was okay I read it today to a second grade class and they did not seem to understand it much Perhaps this is better suited to older kids because of the content of Black migration to the North for better living conditions in the 1920 s, 1930 s Second graders know about the Civil War when slaves were freed and some about Civil Rights in 1960 s but not the migrations in the early 20th century I liked the repetition and rhyme of the language.

    10. Jen on said:

      The illustrations were so interesting I don t know how I ve never heard of Romare Bearden before, the U.S Postal service also published stamps with his art on them It seems that the author did her research and included words he had said in the text One could try to sing the book, the text is kinda bluesy.

    11. James Moore on said:

      I decided to use this book for my selection on a biography book since this is about the artist Romare Bearden I found the book to be very artistic in that it was inspired by his artwork and how it detailed his childhood when he lived in the south till he moved up to north to New York Personally I just really enjoyed the artwork than the story itself, but that was just me personally.

    12. Karla Talbot on said:

      So many curriculum connections for intermediate students The primary focus of this book is a biography of Romare Beardon This is a great tie in for lessons on the great migration, poetry of the blues, onomatopoeia, and depiction.

    13. Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy) on said:

      I can t believe I missed this one and thank you to Paul Hankins for pointing it out to me A beautiful portrait of the life of Romare Bearden I have looked at the e book of this and can already tell that this is one that needs to be in our school library.

    14. Jessica Chambliss on said:

      This book is about a child named Romare Bearden Romare is an artist in his later years but this book discusses the challenges to become an artist This book discusses segregation and how hard it can be to live during this time This would be interesting book to read during black history month.

    15. PaulHankins on said:

      Stunning illustrations and thoughtful verse tell a story of the childhood of Romare Bearden once regarded as America s premier collagist s Zunon s illustrations are the perfect homage to Bearden s craft.

    16. Lauren on said:

      This is a lovely book that captures some of the spirit of Bearden s art and life It s rhyming jazzy text is nicely written but I m not sure how much it communicates about Bearden s actual life He was, in fact, only 3 when he made his initial journey north.

    17. Whisper Poet on said:

      Very interesting look at Romare Bearden and the story behind his inspiration his childhood An author s note explains her fascination with his art and her use of Blues styling for the text A good list of additional resources is provided.

    18. Barb Middleton on said:

      Interesting illustrations Author s note shows how she researched and wrote the book.

    19. ReadRibbet on said:

      Beautifully written biography or artist Romare Bearden with illustrations emulating his style as a collage creator 2012 IRA Nonfiction Nominee for Primary.

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