Book of the Week-Ben's Trumpet

In 1980, Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall (illustrated by Barbara Cooney) won the Caldecott Medal of Honor. This is awarded: "It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children." I am usually impressed by these awards; however I have to disagree with their choice for the year 1980. Ben's Trumpet got the honorary award, it should have won the Medal of Honor that year. This book is beautifully illustrated. It's black and white pictures are fabulous. You can almost hear the music coming off the pages just by looking at the pictures. I am enamored with this book. It's great to use as a group read or to sit one on one with a child or two.
Is there a child in your classroom who is into music? This book will be perfect for him. Talking about musical instruments or styles, this is the book for those lessons. Brass, percussion, Jazz, it's got it all. This book is fabulous. Every classroom should be introduced to it.

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