Little Melba and Her Big Trombone

By Nonfiction Detectives

The first line of this picture book biography announces to readers that they are about to meet an amazing individual. Readers will enjoy following Liston's rise from a young girl who loved listening to music to a renowned jazz musician composing, arranging and performing across the country. The author writes about the racism and sexism Liston faced in way that young readers will understand. Morrison's curved, earth-toned illustrations capture the feeling of the music as well as Liston's strength and determination.

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