Jewish Values: When Bob Met Woody

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40 p.
Bob Dylan was born Robert Zimmerman in Duluth, Minnesota in 1941. Like many future performers, his work was influenced by his childhood: he loved listening to the radio, performed for his family, and enjoyed the outdoors. Being Jewish made him and his family somewhat as outsiders and he developed a keen eye for observation. The biography chronicles this early life and the many musical styles which influenced him. Despite his parents’ wishes, he patterned himself after his idol, Woody Guthrie. When Guthrie was hospitalized in 1961, Dylan hitchhiked to New York to play at his bedside. Delighted by Woody’s approval, Bob Dylan forged his own career as a folksinger. The book is biographical fiction where real life events are combined with fictionalized accounts. The realistic illustrations are done in acrylic and oil paper mounted on board. Quotes from Dylan are dispersed throughout the book, “to bring us closer to Bob’s own thoughts and feelings.” The idea of having a dream and working hard to achieve it, as well as meeting an idol or role model, will resonate with all readers.
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