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The Music in Derrick's Heart

The Music in Derrick's Heart

Spring 2000 Story Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Gwendolyn Battle-Lavert
Illustrator: Colin Bootman
ISBN: 0-8234-1353-5
Hardcover Price: $16.95
This joyful tale of a budding musician includes details of the Deep South-- pecan trees, bare feet, and sweltering sunshine. Uncle Booker T. teaches Derrick how to play the harmonica, and Derrick takes his job of learning very seriously. He even sleeps with his instrument. The story conveys respect for elders, music, and hard work. The illustrations, which are done in oil pastel, capture shadow and motion masterfully.
Mary Hollowell   ©2000 Parents' Choice
Mary Hollowell is a parent, a science teacher, and a naturalist. She lives in Peachtree City, Georgia.

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