The Old Cotton Blues

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Margaret K. McElderry Books, 1998 - African Americans - 32 pages
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Dexter loves three things: his mama, the smell of pork chops frying, and the sound of Old Johnny Cotton's clarinet playing the blues. Dexter wants more than anything to make music just like Johnny Cotton, but his mama can't afford to buy him an instrument. Johnny Cotton gives Dexter the silver harmonica that his own daddy used to play. How Dexter learns to play that harmonica and blow the music from deep inside is a story of a dream fulfilled. Linda England's rhythmic prose and Teresa Flavin's energetic illustrations create a story that will have readers humming and dancing along with Dexter.

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User Review  - AleciaDesselle - LibraryThing

In the Old Cotton Blues, Dexter the reader is introduced to Johnny, a boy who loveshis mama, smell of pork chops, and the sound of Johnny Cotton's clarinet. Dexter loves the clarinet and wants more ... Read full review

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User Review  - claire.cavell - LibraryThing

Dexter looks up to Johnny Cotton, a clarinet player in the neighborhood. Dexter is bursting with music but his mom can't afford him an instrument. Johnny Cotton decides to give Dexter his fathers harmonica. Read full review

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