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Filled with incredible illustrations, this rollicking tour takes readers from the dawn of country music through the present. From country hair to country clothes, readers are taken on a journey through a rich cultural history, and along the way, they meet greats like Jimmie Rodgers, Minnie Pearl, and bluegrass musician Bill Monroe. Both thoroughly educational and laugh-aloud silly, this celebration of an American invention is a treasure for parents and children to share.
Age Range: 6 – 9 years
Grade Level: 1 – 4
Lexile Measure: AD930L
Hardcover: 64 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1St Edition edition (April 1, 2007)
Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
Great book and illustrations!
One person found this helpful.
on January 20, 2013
We bought this for our daughter and for a friend’s son. I think we have enjoyed it more than the kids. Definitely a great gift for any country music fan you know – and when I say country, I mean Johnny Cash country not bubble gum country. Enjoy!
long gone history
on June 7, 2014
By james j. meisner sr.
This is a great little book. It’s not big but it tells a story.
Unusual illustrations and great text
on December 9, 2013
By J. Morse
this tells so much history. it is a very easy read despite rhe large amount of information provided. It has wonderful pictures that add to the text. Nothing boring in the whole book.
Great read, with great art!
on January 20, 2015
By Joshua N Sapir
I’ll admit right off the bat that my knowledge of country music is limited to Johnny Cash and… well that’s about it. This book was a lot of fun to read with my kids, and really gives a great breakdown of the history of country music along with an overview of the different sub-genres within country. I may have to get on Spotify and look all this music up because it has definitely piqued my interest! Plus there are some fun little sections like “Finding your Country Name,” that we had a good laugh over. On top of the good story and history, the art is very well done and creative.
Never tease a squeezel
16 people found this helpful.
on April 3, 2007
By E. R. Bird
Now I am not what you would call a big fan of country music. I know my basics, and I’m vaguely aware of its history, but truth be told country is not all the prevalent on my iPod. So the question I have to ask myself here is, do I feel sufficiently qualified to read and review a children’s non-fiction picture book with the title, “The Long Gone Lonesome History of Country Music”? I mean, if I don’t know my Charlie Rich from my Johnny Bond, how am I going to be able to sufficiently judge how well author/illustrator Bret Bertholf has convered this particular genre’s highs and lows? In this particular case, I have my ever-loving, country listenin’ husband to turn to. Side by side we read through Bertholf’s book and came to a single conclusion. For all its flaws, and there are one or two, this is a jaw-dropping piece of history. The pictures are stunning (if occasionally difficult to make out), the facts always interesting, the history correct, and the storyline faithful. Add in the fact that Bertholf has managed to literally give face to almost every single person who ever even THOUGHT about singing about their mean-eyed cat and you’ve a book that looks, acts, and is like no other.
… to get one of the first copies when this awesome book first came out
on September 10, 2014
By Kindle Customer
I was lucky enough to get one of the first copies when this awesome book first came out.. Now that I have a child of my own, who loves the authors music…. if you don’t know, check it out! Halden Wofford and The Hi Beams… They have several great albums… off subject, anyway, since my daughter loves the music I know she’ll love this book as much as I do! A must read for your collection
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