Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow: a Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Sounds Like a Rainbow a Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix was many things a superstar a rebel a hero an innovator But first he was a boy named Jimmy who loved to draw and paint and listen to records A boy who played air guitar with a broomst

  • Title: Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow: a Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix
  • Author: Gary Golio Javaka Steptoe
  • ISBN: 9780618852796
  • Page: 340
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Jimi Hendrix was many things a superstar, a rebel, a hero, an innovator But first, he was a boy named Jimmy who loved to draw and paint and listen to records A boy who played air guitar with a broomstick and longed for a real guitar of his own A boy who asked himself a question Could someone paint pictures with sound This a story of a talented child who learns tJimi Hendrix was many things a superstar, a rebel, a hero, an innovator But first, he was a boy named Jimmy who loved to draw and paint and listen to records A boy who played air guitar with a broomstick and longed for a real guitar of his own A boy who asked himself a question Could someone paint pictures with sound This a story of a talented child who learns to see, hear, and interpret the world around him in his own unique way It is also a story of a determined kid with a vision, who worked hard to become a devoted and masterful artist Jimi Hendrix a groundbreaking performer whose music shook the very foundations of rock n roll.

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    1. This book is just beautiful, the illustrator did a magnificent job. The art is an amazing mix of juvenile and sophisticated that I bet would be really inspiring to kids; it made me want to sing and paint and dance around the room! It was really neat the way the images of Jimi and his friends were kind of watercolor cutouts superimposed on the technicolor world that Jimi imagined in his head. And the way that the text moved around the pages supported the creativity. I also liked the way that the [...]

    2. “Music is Magic”- Jimi Hendrix. Gary Golio prefaces his story, Jimi sounds like a rainbow, with this quote. The book itself, with its rhythmic, flowing language and illustrations that explode with colors makes this book nothing less than magical. In Jimi sounds like a rainbow, Golio presents the story of a young Jimi Hendrix and his discovery of art, music, and the world around him. As a child, Jimi would often draw and paint the images and sounds that flowed through his mind. For every soun [...]

    3. Jumbled collage illustrations paired with energetic writing bring the childhood of Jimi Hendrix alive. In Jimi's world, "the airwaves were sizzling with exciting new sounds and rhythms" that "set off fireworks in his mind". Money was tight while Hendrix was growing up, but his dad knew how much art and music meant to him. So when the opportunity to buy a used guitar came up, his dad bought it. And the rest, they say, is history! The energy of electric guitar rock is portrayed through the artwork [...]

    4. Audience: Older primary grades (4-5), kids who enjoy reading biographies and learning more about historical figures, and those who enjoy anything music relatedAppeal: The illustrations are different and very interesting and they use a unique blend of colors that grab your attention. This author uses wonderful descriptive words that really help to bring sounds to life in the reader's mind. "Until he could play the sound of raindrops"- the reader can get a wonderful sound in their mind imagining w [...]

    5. I wondered about the age range for this book, but once I read it, I decided that Hendrix's death from drugs has nothing to do with the story here. It is about his childhood and his growth as an artist and is an amazing story for kids. I love how his early interest in art developed into his music and then cycles back again in the art in the book. I saw this quote on Steptoe's website "collage is a means of survival. It is how Black folks survived four hundred years of oppression, taking the scrap [...]

    6. This book has some awesome illustrations and would be a great way to introduce Jimi Hendrix to young children. With that being said, I'm not sure that it really gets to the point in the way that would be considered "super informative" like most adults would expect. I am also not sure that there is a certain audience that this book will target unless it's a child who really likes 60s music and wants to learn more about rock/guitar music icons. Overall, it gets an "ok" from me.

    7. This book could be read by a girl or boy who are in the grade 3 to 8. This book is about a boy named Jimmy who loves to draw, paint, and listen to records. He was a very talented child who became a superstar with a guitar by how he played his guitar.This book has nice pictures and color.Coretta Scott King Book Award Recipients 2012

    8. This book had me drawn in just by the illustrations alone. I believe that if a child were to see this book on the shelf, he/she would gravitate towards it. The story is very easy to understand, and it gives the reader a great understanding of the life of Jimi Hendrix. To me, this book is most likely more popular with boys in the upper elementary grades.

    9. Synesthesia! Words, sounds, colors and music are all blended together in this great story of Jimi's childhood. I liked all the references to specific blues artists and the colorful and complex multimedia collage illustrations.

    10. "Don't let nobody turn you off from your own hopes and dreams." Amen, Jimi. Great intro for kids to learn about Jimi Hendrix.

    11. Audience: Grades 1-4Appeal: Fabulous Book! Powerful Illustrations! Inspiring for young artists.Awards: Coretta Scott King 2011 Nominee, New York Times Best Seller List

    12. Audience: Young and intermediate readers.Appeal: Music lovers will enjoy this book. Wonderfully illustrated. Interesting story about young Jimi HendrixAward: 2011 Coretta Scott King Honor

    13. Of course the first thing I did was listen to the Star Spangled Banner Hendrix rendition and now I'm writing this review after the experience of reading Golio's book and seeing Steptoe's illustrations that immortalize Jimi Hendrix and his connection with music, specifically the electric guitar that made him famous before his untimely death before thirty. The story is fascinating and speaks to his creativity but doesn't give all of the biographical information (which is included at the end) remin [...]

    14. Summary: The book “Jimi sounds like a rainbow” is a bibliography picture book of Jimi Hendrix’s life. The book starts with Jimmy (before he changed his name) in the boarding house he lived at with his father. It was 1956 and Jimmy loved playing music, he started out playing a ukulele. Jimmy had a special gift; he could hear noises outside like his neighbor raking leafs and a truck going by and in his head make them into a beautiful song. Jimmy’s two best friends Terry and Potato Chip liv [...]

    15. I think this is beautifully done! I passed it along to my 13 year old son to read. He is an artist and musician. I hope he is inspired by the book's beauty, as much as he is by the artist himself.

    16. Twin Text: My name is not Isabella by Jennifer Fosberry @2008Rationale: I selected this book about a young girl who uses her imagination to become powerful women of history because it relates to the non-fiction book by both books having a child who uses their imagination to become who they wish to be. Both books portray young children who use their imaginations to see themselves as the symbols they wish to become. Both of these characters set great examples as youths by showing children that wit [...]

    17. I am always looking for books to make our biography collection both a little less white and also more interesting. We have all the old standards you would expect in a school library: Ben Franklin, Marie Curie, Hellen Keller, Paul Revere. Basically a bunch of men that founded the country and then a handful of other people who have lived in the intervening years with few from the last 50-100. I want more biographies of people alive now or people who were working in the last few decades. When I saw [...]

    18. Jimi Sounds Like A Rainbow, A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix, written by Gary Golio and illustrated by Javaka Steptoe, was published in 2010. Gary Golio tells the true story of Jimi Hendrix as a young boy living with his father in Seattle, Washington. Although he was poor and went through struggles Jimi was able to teach himself to play guitar. He was inspired by color and sounds of nature . Jimi strived to paint pictures with sound. At the end of the book there is more information about Jimi H [...]

    19. Despite being aware of Jimi Hendrix, I don't know a whole lot about him outside of the Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock and that he died young. This book does a great job of bringing him to life in the same style as many Doreen Rappaport biographies of late. In fact, when I first saw this biography, I assumed it was a Doreen Rappaport. The art reminds me of Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin LutherKing Jr. or John's Secret Dreams: The Life of John Lennon or maybe even Langston's Train R [...]

    20. Jimi: sounds like a rainbow: a story of the young Jimi Hendrix is a picture book biography of the 1960's rock legend. As a boy, Jimi did not have much material wealth, but his artistic mind and musical ability enriched him in so many other ways. He loved playing with colors and creating visual delights, then moving on to a fascination for music and guitars. He became one of the most famous guitarists of his time, and his music is still timeless, though he's been gone many years. The story of Jim [...]

    21. Jimi Hendrix (originally James "Jimmy" Hendrix) was born in 1942 in Seattle, Washington. This book follows the story of how he came to first play the guitar. Jimi really liked colors, and he would see them when he played the guitar; he saw them when he first played an electric guitar. Jimi lived with his father in various boarding houses, and one night, he was listening to his landlady's son play the guitar. Jimi's father bought the guitar from his landlady and gave it to Jimi, and he taught him [...]

    22. Review: This biography goes into detail about Jimi Hendrix and his youth. The illustrations are very modern and eye-catching, there is a whole lot going on! The story uses poetry and lyric like phrases, and I feel that it makes you think about what he is saying in a deeper manner. Overall, I very much enjoyed this book and how it introduces you to Jimi Hendrix as a child.Content Areas: I would definitely use this in my general music or band/orchestra classes. When he first gets a guitar, he has [...]

    23. At first glance, Jimi Hendrix, who tragically died at age 27 from a combination of prescription drugs and alcohol, may seem like an unlikely subject for a picture book. But Golio, an artist and musician himself as well as an author, manages to bring to life Jimi as a young boy and his unique way of looking at the world. What we might think of as ordinary sounds took on extraordinary colors to this musically gifted young boy. "A child was laughing, squealing like a clarinet on one of Dad's big ba [...]

    24. Audience: All grade levels can take a look at this book. This book has absolutely phenomenal illustrations. The story is very mind blowing creative.Appeal: This book sucks you in with its magical waves of abstract art and its inspirational story. Kids of all ages will truly benefit from this books art, if you take a bit of time and really look at the details that make up each page; you begin to see what Jimi was seeing when he played music. The art really represents the mind of Jimi in a way. Al [...]

    25. I admit to being skeptical when I saw there was a children's picture book on the life of Jimi Hendrix, but Golio pulls it off. Hendrix, of course, is arguably the best guitar player ever seen (and I'm sure there are people who would object to the qualifying "arguably"). He's also, tragically, known for his rough home life and for dying far too young (27) from a mix of prescription drugs and alcohol. One wonderful thing about this book is not only does it have a nice list of references for Jimi H [...]

    26. Audience: This book describes, in vivid and detailed artwork a young boy's dream. His dream is to paint the world with music. With assistance, this book is suitable for second graders. To be read independently, third grade would be fine; to really understand the concept though, the teacher needs to be actively involved.Appeal: Some say he revolutionized rock-and-roll, others claim he was a 'blues' man. Either way, the beautiful artwork in this book drew my attention to it and held my attention, [...]

    27. Is it possible for someone to hear sound in color? What’s the childhood like for a young boy that goes on to become one of the greatest guitar players ever? The answers to these questions can be found in this thought-provoking and magical book published by Clarion Books called, “Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix”, by Gary Golio. The stunning water color illustrations by Javaka Steptoe portray beautifully the wonderful imagination of Jimi Hendrix. As a boy he lo [...]

    28. I'm not sure if I like the illustrations in this book as a whole. I know I love some of them. The cut-outs of people just don't seem to fit so well with the vibrant background. Definitely these illustrations would appeal to an older crowd. I like the end of the book that talks about Jimi Hendrix's death and drug/alcohol problems. Gary Colio didn't skirt around that issue at the end like many nonfiction picture books do. Even though this book is about Jimi's talent in both music and art, Jimi is [...]

    29. Audience: This book is for both boys and girls that are music lovers. This book is mainly for the higher grades, because if a student finds a passion for Jimi Hendrix after this book they will find he lived a rough life. This book glorifies Jimi and all his amazing talents and accomplishments, where as others really shed true light on his struggles. The audience needs to be around fourth through fifth grades.Appeal: Again this story appeals mainly to music lovers or people wanting to be influenc [...]

    30. Age: 3rd grade-7th gradeMedia: Collage, mainly paint (background) and watercolor (people)Due to the interest that middle school (and high school) children develop for more complex music like Jimi Hendrix, this picture book would appeal to older kids due to its subject and unique artwork.Not too complex yet with a lyrical movement, the text of this book is precisely written about both Jimi's early musical journey and his childhood experiences. On top of the wonderful collage artwork, this nonfict [...]

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