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Chris Raschka, the author of The Cosmo Biography Of Sun Ra: The Sound of Joy Is Enlightening took an interesting route when writing this story. It is the biography of Jazz musician, Herman Blount, also known as Sun Ra. The book will definitely appeal to young children because the story is told as if we imagined that Sun Ra was not from Earth but Saturn.
The story starts at the beginning when Sun Ra “landed” on Earth. A lot of Sun Ra’s life is covered from his love of books in addition to music, the places he lived and the people he played with. There is quite a bit of information is fit into this 40 page book.
I really like the point of view from which this biography was told. Sun Ra unlike most earthlings did not see color when it came to people. He just wanted to play music, which he believed brings us all together. Sun Ra was a free-spirited and creative person. He not only made music but eventually made his own clothes.
This book is a great way to introduce children ages 4-9 to Sun Ra. The vibrant illustrations really help to bring the story to life. The author Chris Raschka also did the illustrations which works well with the personality of Sun Ra. Neither he or his music could be easily defined. This was a wonderful book.
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