Elvis: The Story of the Rock and Roll King

An only child, a mama s boy Elvis was a shy kid who struggled to make friends and found comfort singing in church and learning guitar While in high school, he continued his music but was often ridiculed by students On a whim, he recorded a song for his mom s birthday at Sun Record Studios as part of a customer promotion The studio loved it so much that they sent it to lAn only child, a mama s boy Elvis was a shy kid who struggled to make friends and found comfort singing in church and learning guitar While in high school, he continued his music but was often ridiculed by students On a whim, he recorded a song for his mom s birthday at Sun Record Studios as part of a customer promotion The studio loved it so much that they sent it to local record stations and the rest is history.Here is the story of how a poor kid from Tupelo, Mississippi, became an American legend.A Christy Ottaviano Book
Elvis The Story of the Rock and Roll King An only child a mama s boy Elvis was a shy kid who struggled to make friends and found comfort singing in church and learning guitar While in high school he continued his music but was often ridicul

  • Title: Elvis: The Story of the Rock and Roll King
  • Author: Bonnie Christensen
  • ISBN: 9780805094473
  • Page: 203
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. I'm a huge Elvis fan and was super excited to read this book to my preschool age daughters. I was quite disappointed after reading it, though, because the way it was written was poetic and confusing for my children. I also wasn't a fan of the illustrations. They were kind of dark and didn't seem representative of Elvis at all. (Biography category)

    2. My big takeaway from this picture book was that Elvis was blonde as a child. Who knew? The illustrations were okay; although I'm usually a fan of collage, these seemed muted and out of sync with their intended audience. The text wasn't very engaging and glossed over a lot of points that could have been explored in more depth. This is a very brief look at Elvis's life up until his first big break. I'd only recommend this to kids already familiar with the King.

    3. Reviewed for the Mock Caldecott Awards. I'm not a huge Elvis fan but I thought this was an interesting, well written book. The illustrations were wonderful.

    4. Richie’s Picks: ELVIS: THE STORY OF THE ROCK AND ROLL KING by Bonnie Christensen, Henry Holt, April 2015, 32p ISBN: 978-0-8050-9447-3“You know I can be foundSitting home all aloneIf you can’t come aroundAt least please telephoneDon’t be cruel to a heart that’s trueI don’t want no other loveBaby it’s just you I’m thinking of”--Elvis Presley and Otis Blackwell (1956)Top Earning Dead Celebrities1. Michael Jackson2. Elvis Presley3. Charles Schultz4. Elizabeth Taylor5. Bob Marley--F [...]

    5. Digital Book Title – Elvis The Story of the Rock and Roll King by Bonnie ChristensenApplication used to create promotion – iMovie on iPhoneBook Promotion Reflection:1. Why did you choose this book for this project?a. It was a book I had seen while researching other projects. It didn’t fit the theme I was needing at the time, but was perfect for this project and for the classroom.2. Why did you choose the application(s) that you used to create your project? a. I have used iMovie previous o [...]

    6. This picture book biography offers a glimpse into the journey of Elvis Presley from poverty to becoming a rock and roll legend. The book begins in segregated Mississippi with the birth of Elvis in 1935. Elvis’ father went to jail and even after he returned to the family, they lived a hard life of poverty. But through it all flowed music from their Sundays in church to listening to the radio at home. Elvis was shy and quiet, but he could sing and at age 10 he entered his first contest and then [...]

    7. Remember Little Melba and Her Big Trombone? What were some of the problems she faced growing up? Well, the book we are reading today is about a man who lived around the same time as Melba. His name was Elvis. Have you heard that name before? He was called “The King of Rock and Roll”. As I read, Elvis: The Story of the Rock and Roll King by Bonnie Christensen think about the trouble’s Elvis faces while growing up. (Read pages 1-6) When I was a little girl, I was shy just like Elvis. I never [...]

    8. This picture book biography of the man who would later be called the King of Rock and Roll covers the formative years of Elvis Presley. The various influence on his musical style can be evidenced in the scenes of him singing in church and school in Tupelo, Mississippi and later in Memphis, Tennessee. Readers will find it interesting to read about how the youngster was bullied because of his poverty, his musical tastes, and his upbringing. When he finally got the chance to cut a record, he was on [...]

    9. My dad was a huge Elvis fan, so I enjoyed reading this biography of his childhood up to his first big break with the song, "That's All Right." The story captures hints of sadness right away when Elvis was born one of twin baby boys, but only he survived. Born into poverty and hardship, he was very close to his mother and remained an only child. They lost their house when his father went to jail. Music saved him, but (the book never says this except briefly in the timeline) ultimately it was not [...]

    10. Nonfiction/ Twin Text Entry #5This nonfiction biography by Bonnie Christensen combines facts and detailed illustrations to tell the story of young Elvis Presley and his rocky road to become the Rock and Roll King. This book would be good for any elementary student, but the story and choice of words is geared toward the early elementary grades. The twin text for this book is titled Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly. Kelly tells the realistic story of Apple, a middle school girl who is bullied i [...]

    11. A picture book bio about the King of Rock and Roll that focuses heavily on his childhood and takes readers up to his first major performance.The title here seemed to promise a look at Elvis' entire life, but instead it ends with his first taste of the fame he would later achieve. The back matter was inadequate considering the book doesn't cover Elvis' entire life; there's not even one mention of Graceland, which is arguably the #1 place readers of all ages should plan to visit to learn more abou [...]

    12. This lyrical picture book biography focuses on Elvis' childhood, and the music he heard in church. Ends with his first record being made and the beginning of his rise to stardom. Aimed at younger readers (No mention of later drug use. Timeline in the appendix says only that in 1973-77 he continued touring and recording "despite medical and emotional problems."). Nice art: sketchy line drawings and oil paintings that are fluid just like his music.

    13. A good beginning biography, though it feels a little slow in parts. I was puzzled as to why he is illustrated throughout as blonde--and then did a little Googling and found out that Elvis was, in fact, fair-haired as a child and young adult. Apparently he liked the way he looked on camera with jet black hair so he dyed it. Huh! Who knew?

    14. This is a wonderful beginning biography of Elvis. Suitable for younger students this is a great introduction to the person they may have heard of from parents and grandparents . A simple timeline of Elvis' life is included.

    15. Elvis: The Story of the Rock and Roll King has a unique, timeline structure to it. Each page starts with a year or event title to sequence Elvis's life. Strong verbs! "s chugging up both sides of the tracks"

    16. A simple but awesome biography of Elvis. I liked how the early bad parts of his life were still in the book but presented in a great way for kids. I would have liked more of his later musical life. Preschool and up.

    17. This should be called The BEGINNING of the Elvis Story of Rock and Roll King; maybe this would be enough for a child? For me it left more questions and a sense of unfulfillment than anything else. Pictures were good though.

    18. My daughter, who just turned two December 28, 2015, loves Lilo and Stitch, especially when they play the music. So I decided to introduce her to the one Lilo loves and idolize, Elvis Presley. Very cute book about this legend. She seemed to enjoy it very much too.

    19. A good look at the childhood of this famous man, showing the early influences on his life and music. I never knew he was blond as a child as was shown here in the photo collage illustrations. Fans will like this, but I can't think of any students to whom I would recommend this.

    20. I actually learned some things about Elvis, although I wish it had been more detailed. Like the 1946 page - "Saturdays he waited in line for his chance on the radio." How did that work? Did he get to be on the radio or not? Tell me!The illustration style was cool.

    21. Good portrait of Elvis from childhood through the beginning of his career. Should include a selected discography, at the very least Presley's Sun releases.

    22. From Ali:***From Dot:***From Judy:****From Saffron:Amazing retelling of Elvis' formative years. *****

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