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The Cosmobiography of Sun Ra: The Sound of…

The Cosmobiography of Sun Ra: The Sound of Joy Is Enlightening

by Chris Raschka

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The Cosmo-Biography of Sun Ra is a true story about a boy who recognized that he was different even to the point of claiming he was from Saturn. He was very interested in the world around him, especially music. His dedication and passion for music allowed him to master many genres, and he even created his own sound. He wasn’t afraid to be himself and stayed true to who he was. Sun Ra travelled all around sharing his music to the world until his apparent return back to Saturn. The vibrant colors in the book attract the attention of the reader. I love Sun Ra’s at the end of the book, “You may think that it is gravity that holds us all together but it is not- it is music.” I wish the book had explained more about the type of music that Sun Ra made; however, this is a unique, captivating story with an extraterrestrial theme accompanied with intriguing illustrations as well. ( )
  paigenbrown | Nov 10, 2016 |
Sun Ra always knew he was different from others (he even claimed to be from Saturn). Although he was eccentric he found a home in his music. The story itself was well told, informative, and fun. The illustrations are beautiful and full of life. As soon as I finished I ordered a Sun Ra album on vinyl and cannot wait to get it in. ( )
  dbuster | Apr 20, 2016 |
This is a biographical story that is easy for kids to understand. The pictures are brilliant and the story line is interesting. ( )
  chelseaandrews | Feb 15, 2016 |
Meh. ( )
  DanielleMD | Jun 20, 2015 |
A vibrant, affectionate introduction to the genius musician who claimed to be from Saturn. ( )
  Sullywriter | May 22, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763658065, Hardcover)

Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka shares his love of jazz great Sun Ra, just in time to mark the centennial of the musician’s birth.

Jazz musician Sun Ra (1914–1993) always said that he came from Saturn. Being from another planet, he was naturally intrigued by everything earthly — especially music, because music is the one thing on Earth most like the stars. Earthlings themselves confused Sun Ra, the way they sorted themselves by color and fought wars against one another. So he made music. And he traveled with other musicians and singers, calling themselves the Sun Ra Arkestra, playing, singing, and dancing for people all over the planet. Because music, he said, is what holds us all together. Join acclaimed author-illustrator Chris Raschka in celebrating a legend of the jazz world who was truly one of a kind.

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A one-hundredth birthday tribute to the late jazz artist explores his observations about humanity's discriminatory and violent behaviors as well as his efforts to forge world peace through music with the Sun Ra Arkestra.

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