If I Only Had a Horn: Young Louis Armstrong

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 32 pages
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Roxane Orgill’s vivid words and Leonard Jenkins’s dramatic pictures combine to tell the story of a boy who grew up to be a giant of jazz--the legendary and beloved Louis Armstrong. As a poor boy in New Orleans, where music was everywhere--dancing out of doorways, singing on street corners, crying from the cornet of the great Joe Oliver for all to hear--Louis longed for a horn so that he too could sing, bring home pennies, and, most of all, tap happy-feet blues till the sun rose. It wasn’t going to be easy. Many things, not all of them good, had to happen before he got his horn. But when at last he did, he sent music spiraling up into the New Orleans night sky like a spinning top gone crazy.

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Louis Armstrong was born into poverty. Being around music brought young Louis joy. After going away to a boys group, Louis finally learns to play the horn. He dedicates himself to the music and ... Read full review

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Born in adversity Louis armstrong went through poverty to triumph. This book shows what it means to be dedicated. Introduces children to art, culture and history. Read full review

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