Title: Duke Ellington

Reference: Pinkney, A.D. (1998). Duke Ellington. New York: Hyperion Books for Children.

Annotation: As a child, Duke Ellington didn’t think the piano had that much potential he thought that it would lead to nowhere he decided to quit. After hearing ragtime music, he decided to get back into playing piano and creating a musical mix that no one has heard of.

Genre: non-fiction

Grade level:5-8

Readers who would like this: Readers who would like to know how Duke Ellington started his music career.

Rating: 4. It included enough information for the reader to start off with some information about Duke and then go further if they wanted to learn more about him.

Text-dependent question: what did the author mean by stating that “Duke painted color with his band’s sound?”

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