by: Ann Grifalconi
publisher: Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN number: 0-06-027654-1
WHAT THE COVER READS:
Times are good for Tiny and her mama when Daddy is around. He plays his horn, and the nights fill with music, laughter, and stories.
But he always leaves, and he tells Tiny is that "Sometimes life happens. And sometimes it's too sad to say".
Tiny misses Daddy when he goes. But she she has his own hat on her head, and his music deep inside her. So she sings. First soft, then low. Tiny slowly learns how to let out the pain... and sings her blues away!
Inspired by Billie Holiday's childhood longing for her father, Caldecott Honor artist Ann Grifalconi pays tribute to the immortal jazz diva, and to the healing power of the blues. A simple, moving text and luminous pastel drawings capture the beauty and the poignancy of Billie Holiday's life and art.
Ann Grifalconi's love for the blues was instilled in her by her mother, a jazz musician who performed in a Kentucky nightclub and fed Ann a steady diet of Billie Holiday and other blues legends.
Ann Grifalconi's acclaimed books for children include Darkness And The Butterfly; the Caldecott Honor-winning The Village Of Round And Square Houses; and Kinda Blue, which is also about the blues (Little, Brown).