A Horn For Louis

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Random House Children's Books, 2005 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 86 pages
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Seven-year-old Louis Armstrong was too poor to buy a real horn. He didn't even go to school. To help his mother pay the rent, Louis had a job. Every day he rode a junk wagon through the streets of New Orleans, playing his tin horn and collecting stuff people didn't want. Then one day the junk wagon passed a pawn shop with a gleaming brass trumpet in the window. . . .
A Horn for Louis is perfect for Black History Month. With messages about hard work, persistence, hope, tolerance, cooperation, trust, and friendship, it's perfect for the rest of the year, too!

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Kimmel embroiders one of the several contradictory anecdotes Louis Armstrong told about how he got his first horn into a warm Hanukkah tale with a whiff of old New Orleans. So poor that he sleeps with ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Eric Kimmel grew up in Brooklyn, New York, loving the music of Louis Armstrong, who lived a few miles away in the neighboring borough of Queens. New Orleans is one of his favorite cities. To research this book, he traveled to New Orleans to track down the streets and neighborhoods that appear in the story. Eric Kimmel is the award-winning author of several well-known children's books, including Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock and the Caldecott Honor book Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins. The author lives in Portland, Oregon.

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