This heartwarming picture book (based on a true story) depicts a day in the life of Hosea Taylor, a musician who—with his charm, talent, and generosity—brought joy to everyone he met.
Every day, Hosea takes the Number 42 bus into the city to play his shiny brass saxophone—and to hopefully earn enough money. Setting up in his favorite place, Hosea makes sweet music as people greet him with a smile, a little girl dances, and crowds surround him. A surprise ending reveals what the money is really for. Kathleen Blasi’s delightful text and Shane Evan’s colorful images capture the real-life closeness between the much-loved Hosea—who shared his passion for music and life with everyone—and his community.
An Author's Note explains how Blasi learned about Hosea Taylor (1948-2016), and what compelled her to write his story.---from the publisher
32 pages 978-1454926832 Ages 5-9
Keywords: African American, music, community, diversity, diverse books, city living, cities, performing arts, helping others, generosity, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old, 8 year old, 9 year old, Social Studies Curriculum, Character Building Curriculum, inspiration, kindness, role of the individual, power of the individual