Book of the Week: Ellington Was Not a Street

Book of the Week, Children's

Ellington Was Not a Street by Ntozake Shange Illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Published: 2004 by Simon & Shuster

Reasons why I liked this book, and chose it as Book of the Week:

I love how subtle, yet powerful this book is.

I think this book is a great way to introduce music to young readers, since the book’s main focus is music and musicians.

I love how the books is based upon Ellington’s Mood Indigo and worked a whole story around them

The writing its fluid and poetic. Readers will appreciate that.

It’s a story for readers of all ages. Just because it’s a picture book younger readers will get just as much out of it as old readers will.

I love the little girl featured in the book, she’s simply adorable.

The book shows the importance and influence of music in one’s life.

It showed how musicians we look up to become parts of our everyday life, even if they aren’t literally in our living rooms.

I love how it shows how music can stir up emotions, yet calm us down at the same time.

The colors featured in the book’s illustrations are lush, subtle, but just as powerful as the words.

I love how the author provided information about all the famous musicians featured in the book. Located at the back, Shange offers mini biographies on everyone from Robeson to Ellington to The Clovers.

The author also provides the lyrics to Mood Indigo at the back of the book too.