I haven't blogged in a couple of weeks and have become ok with that. I feel like it is more important to do so when I feel that inspiration.
Tonight, I found it as I was sitting down to continue to work on my lesson plans for the week. Like every Sunday, I pull out my collection of books highlighting our state studies to haul off to school. This summer, I treated myself to some new ones with some of my Crystal Apple funds. Always love buying books. I bought Trombone Shorty by Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews. I read it quickly when I first got it, but reopened it again this evening.
After I finished rereading the story, I proclaimed to my husband how much I love quality children's literature. He was not shocked to hear me profess this for the millionth time!! The story, by musician "Trombone Shorty" or Troy Andrews, tells the childhood story of how he became a musician in the neighborhood of Treme in New Orleans. Troy is truly a gifted musician, picking up the trombone at age 6. The story recalls to how music was always the constant in a neighborhood that had is ups and downs, but was never lacking for the gift of music. Young students can relate as he shares how the neighborhood kids would go out to play at 5 o'clock after completing their homework. He compares the music to gumbo stirring in a pot, a little of this and that coming together.
With most books I read to my class, I particularly enjoy looking for the author's notes at the end of the book. This, of course, did not disappoint. I also did more research to discover that "Trombone Shorty" has started the Trombone Shorty Foundation to support young New Orleans musicians. Talk about a way to give back to your community!
I found this book inspirational for so many reasons. I played the baritone saxophone all through college and was fortunate enough to attend a festival while in college. I wish that I could say it is something I kept up with. My husband and I visited New Orleans several years ago, and I am always hungry to learn more about the city, culture, history, and music. This book opens those doors for my own students.
I am anxious to share tomorrow in class as we will also be enjoying some current performances of "Trombone Shorty."
Music, history and a great book!
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