Holiday House The Story of the Saxophone
Holiday House The Story of the Saxophone

The Story of the Saxophone

By Lesa Cline-Ransome


Publication Date: February 28, 2023

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Ages 6 to 9, Grades 1 to 4

Brassy, smokey, melodious. There's nothing like the saxophone. From the award winners behind Before She was Harriet comes an incredible work of nonfiction that includes a gatefold of the saxophone greats.

While you may think that the story of the saxophone begins with Dexter Gordon or Charlie Parker--or on a street corner in New Orleans. It really began in 1840 in Belgium with a young boy named Joseph-Antoine Adolphe Sax--a boy so prone to daydreaming that by the time he was ten years old he had: swallowed a needle, nearly drowned, and been poisoned three times.

Lesa Cline-Ransome unravels the fascinating history of how Adolphe's once reviled instrument was transported across Europe and Mexico and then to New Orleans by Florencio Ramos, a member of the Mexican Calvary, where, eventually, a saxophone in a pawn shop would catch the eye of musician Sidney Bechet and become the iconic symbol of jazz music that it is today.

Deflty retold, this history is paired with the gorgeous artwork of James E. Ransome, including a four-page gatefold of iconic jazz musicians.

About the Author

Lesa Cline-Ransome has written many books for children, including Before She Was Harriet, which received five starred reviews, a Coretta Scott King Honor, and a Christopher Award; her debut middle grade novel Finding Langston, which received a Coretta Scott King Honor and five starred reviews; its companion, Leaving Lymon, which received three starred reviews; and Being Clem, which received five starred reviews and was a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection. She lives in upstate New York.

Author Residence: Rhinebeck, NY

James E. Ransome's has illustrated many award-winning books for children. His numerous accolades include a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for The Creation; a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor for The Bell Rang, Before She was Harriet, and Uncle Jed's Barbershop; and an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Let My People Go. He lives in upstate New York.

Illustrator Residence:Rhinebeck, NY

Format: Hardcover

Length: 40 pages

Publisher: Holiday House

Publication Date: February 28, 2023

ISBN: 9780823437023

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