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If not for a stint in reform school, young Louis Armstrong might never have become a musician. It was a teacher at the Colored Waifs? Home who gave him a cornet, promoted him to band leader, and saw talent in the tough kid from the even tougher New Orleans neighborhood called Storyville. But it was Louis Armstrong?s own passion and genius that pushed jazz into new and exciIf not for a stint in reform school, young Louis Armstrong might never have become a musician. It was a teacher at the Colored Waifs? Home who gave him a cornet, promoted him to band leader, and saw talent in the tough kid from the even tougher New Orleans neighborhood called Storyville. But it was Louis Armstrong?s own passion and genius that pushed jazz into new and exciting realms with his amazing, improvisational trumpet playing. His seventy-year life spanned a critical time in American music as well as black history....

Title : Who Was Louis Armstrong?
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ISBN : 9780448433684
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Number of Pages : 112 Pages
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Who Was Louis Armstrong? Reviews

  • Montzalee Wittmann
    2019-04-06 07:52

    Who Was Louis Armstrong? by Yona Zeldis McDonough is an outstanding book that captures the essence of Louis Armstrong's life, soul, and his music. This is no easy job. Lots of wonderful personal details and great sketches. Over 100 pages of info to delight. Loved this book best in the series. A true rags to riches, poor man to fame story. A book not just for kids, adults will love this book too.

  • Anna Traasdahl
    2019-04-21 09:02

    This book was really good! We had to do a biography in reading so I chose Louis Armstrong. I didn't know who he was at all so I read the book and it was wonderful! Louis Armstrong had accomplished so many things in his life which made this book fun to read!

  • Sarah
    2019-04-01 11:58

    Summary: This biography told as a story is an entertaining way to teach students about important/famous people in history, such as Louis Armstrong.Evaluation: This book was easy to read and easy to use in the classroom. The illustration on the cover is eye catching and brings interest to the reader along with telling the reader who this person was.Teaching Idea: This text could be used in a text set as a nonfiction text. Have the students read the book and use the strategy “determining importance” to find facts about his life that may be important to know.

  • Trinitty
    2019-04-24 13:13

    In the book "Who Was Louis Armstrong?" it was about how Louis Armstrong grew up poor in a New Orleans neighborhood. He began to practice music when he was little and never stopped once he grew up. He became very successful with his musical and acting talent. He had to deal with racism but he did not let that bring him down. He lived a successful and wealthy life and passed away from heart problems. Louis Armstrong impacted society because he never gave up and followed his dreams. People who were racist tried to bring him down but he didn't let them affect his life. Racism still goes on today and some blacks are untreated fairly and Louis Armstrong is a great example to the African American race to not let racism bring you down. The theme of this book i would say is "Courage" Louis Armstrong had the courage to deal with racism and all the people that doubted him. I would recommend this text because it is very educational.

  • Rosa Cline
    2019-04-24 12:06

    This was a really well written biography, written in a 'storybook' format to hold the attention of the reader instead of just facts on a page. Started with his childhood and included events going on during Mr Armstrong's life. So many times authors leave that out so we as readers often forget these folks didn't live in 'our time' so adding in events such as World Wars and things help places them in their timeframe and the struggles they had to endure. And with Mr Armstrong being a black man he even had to fight the segregation and that was written very well in this book! And in a way that the children who are reading-listening could understand what segregation was. Also in this book from time to time there are pages where the text is different and the author gives a half page to page 'History' lesson on something happening within the story. Such as she explains WWI and Jim Crow laws, the great migration, difference between big bands vs jazz bands etc. At the end she gives a time line of Mr Armstrong's life and on the next page across from it a timeline of events of the world so you can compare in a timeline. She also (which I LOVED) at the end she included a Bibliography. This book is very nice to sit and read if you have an intrest in learning about Louis Armstrong. But it's a wonderful book for students that may be needing to write a paper on anything from the struggle of African Americans during this time frame, to the world of Jazz, and even may find what you are looking for as far as information about the Colored Waif's Home for Boys. So much wonderful information in this book and presented in a pleasant wonderful way! I have added this book to my 'to buy' for my own home library and have went in (because of this book) and am looking for Mr Armstrong's books he wrote about himself. Very well done Ms McDonough! Very well done!

  • Kayo
    2019-04-12 09:54

    Review Good Reads; non-fiction [Who Was Louis Armstrong]I read this book at school and at home. I learned two important things from this book. One is; Armstrong big influence on jazz. And I learned about racial discriminate. I think that these new knowledge are important, because I can make connections with other classes like music and social studies through this reading.This book is told by a narrator. He is a third person, so he does not appear to the story. Usually we cannot learn that what kind of feeling it was, when the main character had a big happening. But in this story, it has few comments from Armstrong’s autobiographies and his interviews. So I could learn that how did Armstrong feel when he went to his hometown in concert. I did not know that how Armstrong invented the scat singing. (It is a kind of technique of jazz singing). It was invented by him, in his recording. When he was recording his new song, he dropped his word paper. At that time, singers had to sing a song through once, they could not try again. So Armstrong had to continue, without the word paper. Then he sang the song with different words. It was not correct sing, but people loved it, and many singers copied it. That technique is called scat singing, and now still using by many singers. I think people who like jazz and music would be interested in this book. Actually, I did not know many things about jazz, but this book has information about jazz too, like what kinds of instruments are using or who are famous jazz m

  • Haruna Saka
    2019-03-29 12:02

    This book:)Grosset & Dunlap RL: 3.5"Who Was Louis Armstrong?"Chapter 4 to the last one.By Yona Zeldis McDonoughTime:)5/8=53min(5/9=12min. I read another book, "The Railway Children")7 summary:)King-Oliver's band-trumpet-segregation-rest-tours-illnessDiscussionQ&A:)Q... What kinds of music do you like?? Do you like jazz music??A... To be honest, I'm not interested in jazz music.. I have hardly listened to the music:( I like to listen to J-pop and western music! Now, I like One Direction the best now!!:DMy thoughts:)Finally, I finished to read this book. He was a really skillful and proud person even though he was discriminated by white people as one of the black ones. I look up to his attitude and patience. This book:)Grosset & Dunlap RL: 3.5"Who Was Louis Armstrong?"Chapter 1 to 3By Yona Zeldis McDonoughTime:)5/5= 63min.7 summary:)poor-black- instruments-gun-cornet-the Home-World War ⅠDiscussionQ&A:)Q... Did you learn how to play instruments when you were a child?? Any kinds of instruments are ok! And not 'at school'.A... Yes, I did. I learned to play the piano from a teacher until I was an elementary school student. But, I cannot do it. Haha So I really envy his talents. Also, I was impressed:-)My thoughts:)To be honest, I didn't know about him at all until I read this book. Because I'm not interested in music. However, as I read this book, I could know about his life and was impressed by his talents of playing some kinds of instruments:) I didn't finish to read it! I look forward to it very much!!:D

  • Lisa Dominick
    2019-04-25 14:47

    Who was Louis Armstrong? By Yona Zeldis McDonough is a biography book intended for readers age 8 – 12 years old. This biography of Louis Armstrong accurately depicts the life and events of the greatest jazz musician in American history. I gave the book a 5-star rating because of its accuracy, the feature information that described topics around the life and times of Louis Armstrong, and the black and white drawn illustrations. Compared to James Lincoln Collins’ biography, Louis Armstrong, an American Genius, intended for an adult audience, Who was Louis Armstrong?, intended for a younger audience, accurately depicted the life of Louis Armstrong. It provided truthful details that makes it an authentic resource to learn about the famous jazz musician. The book’s feature information depicted relevant topics that either affected or surrounded the life of Louis Armstrong. Such topics included: “Jim Crow Laws”, “Jazz: American Music”, “World War I”, “Steamboats & Jazz”, “The Great Migration”, “African Americans in Jazz and Blues”, “Popular Jazz Terms”, and “Big Bands Vs. Jazz Bands” (McDonough). These added features offered additional information and an overview to the era in which Louis Armstrong lived. Finally, the black and white illustrations were juxtaposed to the topics being discussed creating a visual link to the events described. Works CitedMcDonough, Yona Zeldis. Who was Louis Armstrong? New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 2004.

  • Marcus Buchanan
    2019-04-17 11:15

    I read the book Who Was Louis Armstrong because i was interested in him. the book is about Louis and his life experiences. one time he and his friends would have a singing group and get paid money. and when he was 12 his friend took out a cap gun and shot in the air and he got arrested. another time when he and his friends were in a hot tub by a white mans house a guy pointed a gun at them and then he started laughing.I enjoyed this book. it kinda tells readers that you can be what ever you want to be. i love the illustrations it tells you like kinda what it looked like.i recommend this to kids that like history books. This book is good for children and grownups if you like history. the book is very descriptive and the pictures are vivid. most future readers will like this book i think.

  • Maddie Terhark
    2019-04-06 15:13

    Who was Louis Armstrong by Yona Zeldis McDonough was an interesting book. It was about the journey of Louis Armstrong and his path to fame and success. The main character is obviously Louis Armstrong. The biggest major event was probabally when he had to stay ath that home for boys and learned to play the cornet. After that Louis skyrocketed. In my opinion this book not only showed the life of Louis, but the life of African Americans. It showed alot of differences of the treatment between "colored" and "not colered" perople. It also amazed me with how many "firsts" Louis set. I Think anyone that is interested in music would enjoy this book. I personally am a music fanatic and love to learn about history of music, so I really enjoyed this book. I also think that lot of instrument players would like this book, because Louis would be a great role model.

  • Braylen Chumbley
    2019-04-25 07:50

    The book I read for the month of November is Who was Louis Armstrong. The book was written by Yona Zeldis and it was illustrated by John O'Brien. The genre of this book is nonfiction. It is pretty obvious, but the main character is Louis Armstrong. The main setting is New Orleans. He was born in New Orleans and most of his life takes place there. The book tell's you about how he became so good at music. Music has always been an interest for Louis. This book explains on how he travels the globe to play his music. He was known as "The King of Jazz." I rated this book a 2 out of 5 star because the information it gave was very interesting and accurate, but it was quite confusing. There was too much information about the bands in such a small book. Overall, I thought this book was ok.

  • Waverly Collison
    2019-03-30 11:58

    The book I just read is Who Was Louis Armstrong? This book tells you about Louis Armstrong and his life. You get to learn about some of the challenges he faced and how he overcame the. The book also tells you about what he's famous for and how he became famous for it and the important people in his life.I would recommend this book to elementary and middle schoolers. You can learn a lot of new information in a way that is easy to understand. Also, if you already know about Louis Armstrong the book can expand your knowledge of him and his life.I found this book very interesting and fun to read. Even though I was able to read it quickly, I learned a lot from it.

  • Laura
    2019-04-14 14:49

    This is a fun and exciting biography of Louis Armstrong. It is a chapter book that would appeal to boys and girls. It really gives a very thorough description of his life and the ups and downs that he had to endure. The illustrations are in pen and ink but have incredible detail. This is one in a series on famous people. It could motivate a child to read more as the books are all listed in the back cover of the book.

  • Emily
    2019-03-30 12:09

    I really liked this book. I liked that he saw good out of a bad situation when he was arrested. The book made it sound like he cheated on his first wife. It said he left his first wife for his second wife. I liked that he came from a low place and made his way up in soicety. I think he was a really good musician and I wish I could meet him. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes nonfiction or music history.

  • Zoe
    2019-04-16 13:56

    This book is about Louis Armstrong. It was a pretty good book. He played the trumpet and cornet. He was called the king of jazz because he was really good at them. He was born in New Orleans. I thought it was interesting how he got arrested for shooting a gun when he was young. I thought it was really sad how he died in his sleep next to his wife. I choose this book because it was really easy and fast to read. I would recommend it to anyone who likes jazz or music.

  • Parker Cox
    2019-04-17 12:13

    I thought this book was very good. It was fun to read with all the musical terms and bands. Louis Armstrong was a very good musician. People called the king of jazz because he was one of greatest trumpet and cornet player of his time. He also went to a home for boys who were to young to go to jail. His home town is New Orleans. He performed all over the world in places like Europe, Africa , New York and Chicago. He was born in learn more about Louis Armstrong read this book.

  • TKhia. H Haywood
    2019-04-18 11:05

    Louis Armstrong is a poor boy from New Orleans who stopped school after grade. A singer, songwriter, composer, cornet player, trumpet player, and actor who wrote books about his life. A jazz musician beloved around the world. When he was a kid he shoots a gun in the middle of town square and got arrested. He was though how to play the cornet in a all boys home place. He was married two times. He died in his sleep next to his wife.

  • Reed S
    2019-04-26 12:50

    I currently read Louis Armstrong by: Yona Zeldis. Louis Armetrong was one of the poorest people in New Orleans. Even though he was poor he worked many jobs each day to take care of his sick mother. Although he was little many older people looked up to him as a brother. Louis loved music more than anything and that's why he became the best trumpet player to ever live also one of the kindest.

  • Jacob S
    2019-04-22 07:48

    Louis was very good for one thing. His music he made songs and was in bands. At a young age he was the band leader. But I thought this book was good because how talent he was with music. He could use any instrument and make it sound good. I thought the book made some of the information good. and some did not make science. But I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

  • Beth Robey
    2019-03-27 13:58

    The author provided much information and tied it together very well. Now I know a lot about Louis Armstong. He wrote a great beginning, and I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the history of music.

  • Devin L.
    2019-03-28 10:55

    Wonderful biography of Louis Armstrong told in kid friendly language. It's appropriate for older grades with pretty decent illustrations. I learned quite a bit about the man myself. Great for use when teaching history and Black History.

  • Dasawn Reynolds
    2019-04-01 13:56

    This book is really has a lot of information about music sounds, notes, and Louis Armstrong him self. If wants to learn about about Louis Armstrong and music back then i highly would recommend this book to you.

  • Mayrocks
    2019-04-06 13:54

    once in music class at school, our music teacher made us listen to Louis Armstrong's music. I loved it. I also liked jazz a lot, too. Its free and casual, all swingy and full of energy, just bouncing along.

  • Joycetho1
    2019-04-06 07:47

    This was a good book with lots of information on Louis Armstrong. It would be good for a project on him, or if you just want to learn about him. He was one of the greatest Jazz players of all time. He traveled all over the United States performing. I'd recommend this book to all readers.

  • Ethan W
    2019-04-21 08:55

    Some things I learned. Jazz is a lot of improvisation. Louis started playing a cornet. He liked the trumpet more that the cornet. He went to a colored waifs home for boys. That's what got him into band or jazz. Louis had 3 wives. He died next to his wife.

  • Laura
    2019-04-23 07:59

    This was the best Louis Armstrong biography for kids that I've read so far.

  • Caleb
    2019-04-19 13:59

    I liked it.

  • SmarterLilac
    2019-03-30 15:01

    Really love this one. Hits all the most important parts of understanding Armstrong and the culture he lived in. Perfect for either younger readers or, ahem, adults who need a quick brush up.

  • Mellanie C
    2019-04-24 07:51

    I registered a book at!

  • Sara
    2019-04-20 10:57

    As a boy who likes music,I am inspired by the life of Louis.his life story is very amazing and it is one of the best books I have ever read.