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Little Melba and Her Big Trombone

by Katheryn Russell-Brown

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This book is about a little girl and her life to fame for playing the trombone. I enjoyed this book because it good a book for talking about cultures and even though it may be hard to keep persevering.
Uses: Following your dreams, Music
  ShayleeHutchison | Nov 22, 2016 |
Summary: This book details the life of Melba Liston who is a famous trombone player. it describes her family, the difficulty of growing up in a white world and how she overcame everything in her life. I also believe this story is brought to life by the illustrations.
Uses: I would firstly use this book to help teach about Melba Liston and strong black women. I think that I also would use the illustrations to show the importance of illustrations and how they can enhance a stroy.
  swallace14 | Nov 20, 2016 |
In my opinion this is a great book for younger audiences. This book made use of a unique writing technique that made the story fun to read and made it very engaging. This book is about a young girl who wants to play trombone. This book when speaking about musical instruments will make the letters that describe the sound change to emulate the sound it describes. An example of this is when Melba is hearing music in her head, "the p l i n k of a guitar, the hummMMM of a bass, the thrum-THRUM of a drum..." The reader is engaged with the text because it changed and makes the reader almost hear the sound through the writing on the page. It is very interesting and gives readers a unique experience with the text, one they may not have had before. The illustrations also contribute to this book's greatness. The illustrations are very detailed and engaging. The reader learns a lot about Melba from the illustrations. The reader see her go from a smiling child daydreaming of music to a determined woman who would not let injustices keep her from achieving her goal. The illustrations do an excellent job of conveying Melba's emotions through the book, like when she is daydreaming she is smiling and she looks carefree. Later in the book when Melba is contemplating quitting trombone because white people were mistreating her and her band mates ignored her or were cruel the illustrations do a great job of showing Melba downtrodden and deep in sad contemplation. The illustrations really help the reader understand Melba and what she is going through. The main message of this story is to never give up and anything is possible if you keep trying. ( )
  cduboi2 | Oct 23, 2016 |
Famous trombone player, Melba Liston, is followed throughout her life as a young girl interested in Jazz all the way to performing with some of the biggest musical names of our times. We learn about her music aspirations, how she taught herself to play trombone, her touring with her first big band at 17, and the rest of her touring life. We end with a small biography, in the back of the book, of her musical involvement through the rest of her life.
  kellyknight01 | Mar 11, 2016 |
Growing up in the 30's and 40's as an African-American was difficult, but to be a woman and want to be a jazz musician was extremely trying. Melba is mesmerized by a big shiny trombone. Even though her arms are too short, she teaches herself how to play the trombone. On her journey, she overcomes sexism and racism. Melba gets to play the trombone with some of the greatest Jazz musicians. This is an inspirational story for little girls everywhere that are constantly told they can't. It instills in each of us that no matter the obstacles with hard work and perseverance, you can and will be great! The paintings capture Melba's life, even paying attention to the smallest of details. As Melba is playing the trombone in the pictures, one can almost hear the jazz melody. This truly is a great read for all readers. ( )
  JanaeCamardelle | Mar 2, 2016 |
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