Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist

Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist

by Susan Wood, Duncan Tontiuh

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Overview

A playful picture-book biography of the father of space-age bachelor-pad lounge music.

Gorgeously illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh, this lively biography follows Juan Garcia Esquivel from Mexico to New York City. Juan grew up to the sounds of mariachi bands; he loved music and became a musical explorer. Defying convention, he created music that made people laugh and planted images in their minds. His musical dreams brought him from Mexico to America and gained him worldwide renown. Juan’s space-age lounge music—popular in the fifties and sixties—has found a new generation of listeners. This account honors Esquivel as one of the great composers of the 20th century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781607348252
Publisher: Charlesbridge
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 938,798
File size: 37 MB
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Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

About the Author

Susan Wood, writing formerly as Susan VanHecke, is the the author of RAGGIN' JAZZIN' ROCKIN': A HISTORY OF AMERICAN MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MAKERS (Boyds Mills Press, ALA Notable Children's Book) and UNDER THE FREEDOM TREE, as well as several books for adults. Susan lives in Norfolk, Virginia.

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When Juan García Esquivel was a small boy, he lived with his family in Tampico, Mexico, where whirling mariachi bands let out joyful yells as they stamped and strummed.
            By age six, Juan was curious about music. There was a piano at Juan’s house, but it was a player piano—a paper roll told it which keys to play.
            Clever Juan had an idea. He disabled the paper roll and turned his parents’ jangly piano into one he could practice on. He played it day and night.

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