The Cosmo-biography of Sun Ra

The Sound of Joy Is Enlightening

Raschka, Christopher

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Cosmo-biography of Sun Ra
A one-hundredth birthday tribute to the late jazz artist explores his observations about humanity's discriminatory and violent behaviors as well as his efforts to forge world peace through music with the Sun Ra Arkestra.

Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts :, Candlewick Press,, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780763658069
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,color illustrations ;,23 cm


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Jan 31, 2015
  • skyekilaen rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Biographies are hard to get right in picture book form. Too often the writing is dry, recounting the facts about a person's life. Not so here! Raschka writes from the premise that musician Sun Ra was 100% correct when he claimed to be from Saturn. After all, writes Raschka, "it would explain so much." What follows is a fascinating tale even if you don't know the first thing about Sun Ra or his music. Raschka picks interesting details instead of following a straight biographical line of key events, and the book is stronger for it. A great place to start learning about Sun Ra, African-American musicians, or just to enjoy.

Nov 19, 2014
  • ma1co1m rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you only read one children's picture book about a deceased jazz icon this year make it this one. A loving tribute to Sun Ra to mark the 100th anniversary of his arrival from Saturn.

Oct 08, 2014
  • KCLSRecommends rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Raschka has written a number of books about jazz for very young kids and this is another winner -- this time about the keyboardist and band leader so far ahead of his time that, all his life, he insisted he was from the planet Saturn!


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