Poor Lee! He used to be a jazzman who could make the piano go yimbatimba- TANG—zang-zang. But now he's lost his hearing, and the bandleader had to let him go.
So Lee goes to a school for the deaf to learn sign language. There, he meets Max, who used to play the sax. Riding the subway to class, they start signing about all the songs they love. A bass player named Rose joins in and soon they've got a little sign language band. And in no time they're performing for audiences in the subway, night after night.
Living legend and Kennedy Center honoree Pete Seeger, renowned poet Paul DuBois Jacobs, and Coretta Scott King honor winner R. Gregory Christie present a jazzy riff on the power of music, overcoming obstacles, and all the different ways to hear the world. So, who will listen to a deaf musician? Everyone!
|Publisher:||Penguin Young Readers Group|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||10.40(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.30(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Pete Seeger was always a storyteller and put together many songs, including “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” “Turn, Turn, Turn,” and, with Lee Hays, “If I Had a Hammer.” He is also the author of the classic picture book Abiyoyo.
Paul DuBois Jacobs has previously collaborated with Pete Seeger on Abiyoyo Returns and Some Friends to Feed, both illustrated by Michael Hays. Paul lives in New York with his wife, Jennifer Swender, and together they wrote the picture book My Subway Ride.
R. Gregory Christie is the three-time Coretta Scott King Honor-winning illustrator of Brothers in Hope, Only Passing Through, and The Palm of My Heart. Among his other acclaimed picture books are Richard Wright and the Library Card by William Miller and Hot City by Barbara Joosse. Visit him at www.gas-art.com.
Date of Birth:May 3, 1919
Date of Death:January 27, 2014
Place of Birth:Patterson, NY
Place of Death:New York City, NY
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book about people who are hard of hearing. They love to play music and start a band on the subway. Its strong message that nothing can hold you back from what you want, really struck a cord with me.
Seeger, P. and P.D. Jacobs. (2006). The Deaf Musicians. New York City: G.P. Putnam¿s Sons.In The Deaf Musicians, Lee used to love to play the piano, but now that he has lost his ability to hear, he can no longer make music. He is very depressed until he begins attending a special school to learn sign language. There he meets another young deaf boy named Max. Max used to play the saxophone. Like Lee, Max desperately misses making music. While riding the subway to school one day, Max and Lee start signing all the songs they used to love to play with their instruments. While they are signing, others on the bus join in. Soon, they have a small sign language band on the bus. Now Lee can make music again, just in a different way. This book encourages people with disabilities to think outside the box. Even though Lee had lost the ability to make music with the piano, he found another way to make music. Just because a person may lack the ability to do something the way most people do it, it doesn¿t mean they are incapable of doing it their own way. This way isn¿t any less correct than the most popular way. This book serves as a reminder to people with disabilities that they are capable of doing the same things that people without disabilities can do. They just may need to do these things in their own special way. This picture book is the 2007 winner of the Schneider Family Book Award.This book could be used in an elementary school library to celebrate the accomplishments of people with hearing disabilities. After read the story to the class, students can discuss what it would be like to lose their hearing. They could discuss how things may become more difficult or less difficult. The students could then share their feelings about learning sign language. As a group, the students could learn a short song using sign language. Then, the students could perform their song for other classes in the school.
A musician in a band becomes deaf. His band decides not to include him in their music anymore. He begins a group, unintentionally, of other deaf musicians. His former band mates learn to appreciate his new music style.The book would be useful in discussing deafness, music, and creativity.
Pete Seeger's Schneider Family Award winning book tells the story of Lee, a jazz musician who has lost his hearing and can no longer play in his band. He begins taking class at a school for the deaf and learning sign language. He eventually meets other students who want to make music, and they begin to sign music to each other. Soon they have their very own sign language band, and begin performing for crowds in the subway station.Libraries can use this book in a storytime lesson about deafness, in tandem with a basic sign language activity, perhaps. This book should be added to collections because it will be useful and inspirational for young readers. It shows the importance of never giving up, and it helps readers to realize that full, fulfilling, interesting lives can be lived even in the face of disablity.