Title: Django: World's Greatest Jazz Guitarist
Author and Illustrator: Bonnie Christensen
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Concepts: human resources, jobs, poverty, discrimination
Review: Django Reinhardt, one of the world’s greatest jazz guitarists, started under extremely humble auspices that held few forebodings of his future prominence. Born into a Roma family with very little money and no permanent home, Django did not go to school and he worked hard to help his family meet their needs. Music and dancing around the campfire helped to ease the difficulties, and Django grew up to earn a living from playing a banjo. Even though a terrible accident left him with severe burns and partial paralysis in his left hand, Django found the willingness and inspiration to rehabilitate his hand and become an even better musician.
This interesting book shines the spotlight on an important jazz musician who children otherwise may not know much about. Closely woven into the story are some clear lessons in economics related to poverty, jobs, and human resources. The bold illustrations and author notes further contribute to the book’s high marks on substantive content.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children