Thursday, February 9, 2017

Little Melba and her big trombone

Little Melba and Her Big Trombone
by Katheryn Russell-Brown, illustrated by Frank Morrison

Little Melba and Her Big Trombone (Amazon / Library) is a fun picture book about the trailblazing jazz musician and arranger Melba Liston, starting with her childhood in Kansas City, Missouri, during the Great Depression, following her through her adult years as a trombone player in various bands, and then to her work as a music arranger and teacher.

When I read the story of Melba requesting a trombone at the age of 7, my first thought was What is a little girl going to do with such a big instrument? She's going to a whole lot, that's what! She was surrounded by music growing up, and with the support of her parents she was able to explore her natural talent.

Katheryn Russell-Brown's writing brilliantly captures the swinging rhythm of the big band era. Frank Morrison's colorful artwork grabs your attention with its warmth and movement. Looking at each page I can almost feel the warm sun of a summer day on the streets of Kansas City; feel the excitement of this young virtuoso as she stretches herself toward her goal; and head the music of life in this vibrant community.

Little Melba and Her Big Trombone (Amazon / Library) earned the Self-Rescuing Princess Society seal of approval for showing us how even a little girl can make her big dream come true with a lot of work and a little luck. This book is an excellent choice for early readers interested in music, as well as an enjoyable storytime or bedtime book for younger kids.

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