Sister, Brother, Family: An American Childhood in Music

Doubleday. Sept. 2021. 32p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781984851833.
K-Gr 4–Country legends Willie Nelson and his sister, Bobbie Nelson, come together in this touching homage to family, music, and a life of connection. In a back-and-forth narrative that could easily be set to music, they describe their bucolic American upbringing of garden-picked vegetables, joyful church services, and unlimited love from the grandparents who raised them. Education was paramount in their home—books and music were as important as hard work. Willie and Bobbie felt such passion for music that it felt like another family member. It healed them, filled them with joy, and connected them in a way that nothing else could. The illustrations are infused with muted colors, evoking a sense of nostalgia and providing a backdrop to let the lyrical prose take center stage. Realism fills the illustrations with authenticity, so fans of these siblings will feel that they are getting to know this legendary duo from a whole different perspective.
VERDICT A sentimental purchase for Willie’s fans rather than children. Purchase where Willie reigns supreme.

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