for Home on the Range
by Deborah Hopkinson
and S.D. Schindler
Deborah Hopkinson provides a lively account of John Lomax’s efforts to document and record American folk music and cowboy songs of the west. Lomax loved learning and loved music and singing, especially cowboy songs. “The songs went straight to John’s heart, and he made up his mind to write down each and every cowboy song he heard.” Lomax did just that, even turning it into a project for a college class, only to be dismissed by his professor: “There’s nothing of value in these songs of plain, ordinary folk.” Lomax believed differently, and the methods he developed began with respect for those plain, ordinary folk and the music they sang. “Home on the Range,” “Git Along Little Dogies,” and “Sweet Betsy from Pike” are among the works he helped preserve in his pioneering efforts. Additional information on Lomax and his work is provided in an author’s note following Hopkinson’s engaging narrative. (Ages 7–10)
CCBC Choices 2010. © Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2010. Used with permission.
Widely acclaimed for her award-winning picture books, Deborah Hopkinson presents the amazing story of John A. Lomax, the fi rst man to popularize such great American folk songs as ?Sweet Betsy from Pike,? ?Git Along Little Dogies? and, of course, ?Home on the Range.'
When John was a boy in Texas, he wrote down all he'd learned from cowboys. Years later, with the encouragement of a beloved teacher, John set out on a cross-country trip to fi nd more songs for a book. Taking along his clunky Ediphone recording device, he convinced cowboys and Gypsies to sing for him and soon he had hundreds of songs preserved for generations to come.
S. D. Schindler's gorgeous art brings the West alive in this inspiring story of discovery, which shows that if you love something as a child, you don't have to give it up as an adult!
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