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Ben's Trumpet

by Rachel Isadora

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Title: Ben’s Trumpet
Author: Rachel Isadora
Illustrator: Rachel Isadora
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Date of Publication: 1991
Genre: Fiction

Plot Summary:
This story takes place during the jazz stage in American history. It’s about a little boy, Ben, who lives next to a club and he listens to the music every night and dreams of being a trumpet player like the man that plays there. His classmates make fun of him for playing his “air trumpet” and he gets embarrassed and doesn't play anymore. This trumpet player notices the change and asks him where his trumpet went. He then invites him to come practice with him and let him teach Ben how to play the trumpet.
Character Analysis:
Ben-
• Young, seemingly poor boy
• lonely, no friends
• big dreams of being a musician

Trumpet Player-
• middle aged
• very skilled with the trumpet
• kind, takes time with a kid he doesn’t know

Critique:
This book is fiction, but speaks a powerful message. While this story is fiction, it could have been true for any number of musicians during the jazz era. These people were most of time self-taught or taught by a friend to play this type of music. Some speculate that maybe Ben was someone the author knew. Regardless of speculation, this story is deemed fiction and preaches the message of following your dreams even when others don’t believe in you.

Personal Evaluation:
This book is great for children who feel like they don’t have any friends or that their friends are mean to them and make fun of them. Ben had a dream and was determined to make it happen. Even though his friends made fun of him, it paid off because the trumpet player came to talk to him. This is a lesson that all kids need to learn: when someone tells you that you can’t do something, just shake it off and keep walking. ( )
  angelawhite13 | Apr 17, 2015 |
I re-read this after almost 20 years. Loved it then, loved it now. Put on some Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong, or Dizzy Gillespie and read the book, then page through it again very slowly, immersing yourself in the detail of the pictures. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
I liked this book. It shows understand and compassion. It is encouraging and shows a good example of following your dreams. Very easy to read and easy for kids to understand ( )
  Chavila | Mar 15, 2015 |
I absolutely loved this book. Rachel Isadora tells the story of a boy who loves playing his imaginary trumpet, and is picked on a bit by other kids because he does not have a real trumpet.A very cool trumpeter lends him his trumpet. The book had a lot of contrasted pictures, some with a lot of detail, which is sure to capture the readers attention. The fact that all the pictures were in black and white helped enhance the details which definitely helped make a point with the text. ( )
  K_Rodriguez | Sep 27, 2014 |
The illusration in this book were great they told a story themselves. The message of the story was also very great. It showed the boy with a dream coming true dispite people talking about him. ( )
  jforrest21 | Sep 22, 2014 |
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Ben wants to be a trumpeter, but plays only an imaginary instrument until one of the musicians in a neighborhood night club discovers his ambition.

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