How did famous New Orleans jazz trumpet player Louis Armstrong get his first horn?
Seven-year-old Louis Armstrong was too poor to buy a real instrument. He didn't even go to school. To help his mother pay the rent, every day he rode a junk wagon through the streets of New Orleans, playing a tin horn and collecting stuff people didn't want. Then one day, the junk wagon passed a pawn shop with a gleaming brass trumpet in the window. . . .
With messages about hard work, persistence, hope, tolerance, cooperation, trust, and friendship, "A Horn for Louis" is perfect for aspiring young musicians and nonfiction fans alike
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About the Author
Eric A. Kimmel, the author of more than thirty-five award-winning books for children, is professor emeritus of education at Portland State University in Oregon. He spends several months each year traveling throughout the United States, sharing his books and stories with audiences of children and adults. Mr. Kimmel and his wife make their home in Portland, Oregon.
Joshua Kriesberg lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife and two sons. His sons were willing listeners to countless "make-up" stories, which eventually formed the novel Horatio's One Wish. Kriesberg has written for most of his life. He has an affinity for animal characters in fiction. "Although I wrote the book for children," says Kriesberg, "the story's characters and universal themes can appeal to all ages. The story is really about how a lost and lone creature, Horatio, ventures out into an unknown world and overcomes great odds to find his way home. A journey all of us can relate to."