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Sister, Brother, Family: An American Childhood in Music

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The first ever children's book by music legend Willie Nelson and his sister and bandmate Bobbie Nelson! "We had so little money, but so much love." He was a boy with a guitar. She was a girl with a piano. Raised by loving grandparents in Depression-era rural Texas, their humble beginnings playing local shows to put food on the table started Willie and Bobbie Nelson on a rema The first ever children's book by music legend Willie Nelson and his sister and bandmate Bobbie Nelson! "We had so little money, but so much love." He was a boy with a guitar. She was a girl with a piano. Raised by loving grandparents in Depression-era rural Texas, their humble beginnings playing local shows to put food on the table started Willie and Bobbie Nelson on a remarkable path to global stardom. In a story filled with details of a childhood in rural Texas—with church socials, general stores, and town dances—Willie and Bobbie weave together an inspiring story of a long-ago time. With triumphs and tragedies, hard work and determination, here is a deeply personal, gorgeously-written, and profoundly moving tale of hope.


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The first ever children's book by music legend Willie Nelson and his sister and bandmate Bobbie Nelson! "We had so little money, but so much love." He was a boy with a guitar. She was a girl with a piano. Raised by loving grandparents in Depression-era rural Texas, their humble beginnings playing local shows to put food on the table started Willie and Bobbie Nelson on a rema The first ever children's book by music legend Willie Nelson and his sister and bandmate Bobbie Nelson! "We had so little money, but so much love." He was a boy with a guitar. She was a girl with a piano. Raised by loving grandparents in Depression-era rural Texas, their humble beginnings playing local shows to put food on the table started Willie and Bobbie Nelson on a remarkable path to global stardom. In a story filled with details of a childhood in rural Texas—with church socials, general stores, and town dances—Willie and Bobbie weave together an inspiring story of a long-ago time. With triumphs and tragedies, hard work and determination, here is a deeply personal, gorgeously-written, and profoundly moving tale of hope.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    First sentence: Long before our bus began to roar down this highway--before there even was a highway--we were just a sister and brother. A girl who fell in love with the sound of a piano. A boy who fell for the guitar. We loved music. Music loved us back. It provided for us and protected us and supported our family's soul. It still does. Soon, people will arrive for our show. Soon, Bobbie and I will start making music. Just like we always have. Premise/plot: Sister, Brother, Family is a picture b First sentence: Long before our bus began to roar down this highway--before there even was a highway--we were just a sister and brother. A girl who fell in love with the sound of a piano. A boy who fell for the guitar. We loved music. Music loved us back. It provided for us and protected us and supported our family's soul. It still does. Soon, people will arrive for our show. Soon, Bobbie and I will start making music. Just like we always have. Premise/plot: Sister, Brother, Family is a picture book biography of Willie (and Bobbie) Nelson. The narrative is told in alternating poems, alternating perspectives. Willie and Bobbie take turns narrating their early years and the role of FAMILY, faith, and music. My thoughts: To be honest, I have never been a fan of Willie Nelson's music. But I have a good, strong interest in picture book biographies. Sometimes I am amazed at HOW FAR we've come in terms of quality and quantity when it comes to picture book biographies and nonfiction books for children (in general). I love that this narrative nonfiction book is told in verse. It seems appropriate for a musician's story to be told in this format! I also loved the dual perspectives which emphasizes the deep bond of family. But what impacted me most as a reader was the role of FAITH. I shouldn't be surprised; I really shouldn't. When you read biographies of country musicians from this time period in history, time and time and time and time again, there's a close correspondence between faith and music. You see the role of "church music" (gospel, hymns, revival songs) in the home and in the church. Cherished memories of families singing together and being closely bound together by their faith as expressed in music. I absolutely loved to see the theme of faith unfold in their narratives. I also loved the celebration of FAMILY. Despite any difficulties and hardships, LOVE can persevere and triumph.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Missy

    Anyone familiar with traditional American country music has heard of Willie Nelson. Many could probably hum at least one of his tunes. Willie Nelson has been performing for more than 70 years. And by his side, his sister Bobbie has been right there, playing the piano in the band. Sister, Brother, Family: An American Childhood in Music outlines the origins of Willie Nelson's development as a musician. From their earliest days, Willie and Bobbie were surrounded by music at home, living with their Anyone familiar with traditional American country music has heard of Willie Nelson. Many could probably hum at least one of his tunes. Willie Nelson has been performing for more than 70 years. And by his side, his sister Bobbie has been right there, playing the piano in the band. Sister, Brother, Family: An American Childhood in Music outlines the origins of Willie Nelson's development as a musician. From their earliest days, Willie and Bobbie were surrounded by music at home, living with their grandparents, and at church. The story of Willie Nelson's life isn't so extraordinary. But what Sister, Brother, Family does is highlight the contributions of a person who was and is integral to an important figure in 20th-century American culture. This children's biography, like so many others, brings to the forefront individuals who played important roles in history and culture, but who have been relegated to the background.

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