Mon voisin Oscar

Mon voisin Oscar

une histoire inspirée de l'enfance d'Oscar Peterson

Book - 2015 | French
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Né à Montréal, Oscar Peterson est devenu un pianiste de jazz très renommé. Mais dans les années 30, il était juste un jeune garçon qui adorait jouer de la trompette et faire de la musique avec ses frères et sours.

Malheureusement, avant même d'avoir dix ans, Oscar est atteint de tuberculose. Il s'en remet, mais ses poumons affaiblis ne lui permettent plus de souffler dans sa trompette. Il est alors obligé de renoncer à l'instrument qu'il adore et opte pour le piano afin d'assouvir sa passion pour la musique.

L'histoire se déroule à St-Henri pendant les années 30. Ce quartier, maintenant connu au nom de la Petite-Bourgogne, était composé en majorité de la classe ouvrière Noire. Les illustrations détaillées de Marie Lafrance mettent en relief la culture de la communauté montréalaise.

Long before Oscar Peterson became a successful jazz pianist, he was a boy who loved to play the trumpet. When a bout of tuberculosis weakened his lungs, Oscar could no longer play his beloved instrument. He took up piano and the rest is history.

Mon voisin Oscar is a fictional story inspired by these facts. The book imagines a next door neighbour for Oscar named Émilie, who gets into mischief with him, but also appreciates his talents. Émilie writes to Oscar during his long stay in the hospital, and she encourages his earliest notes on the piano.

Set in Oscar's true childhood neighbourhood of St-Henri - now known as Little Burgundy - the book provides a wonderful sense of this 1930s neighbourhood where most of Montreal's Black working class population lived. Detailed illustrations make the community's culture and music almost tangible.

Original title: Oscar Lives Next Door: A Story Inspired by Oscar Peterson's Childhood

Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, Éditions Scholastic,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781443149112
144314911X
Characteristics: 1 volume (non-paginé) : illustrations en couleur ; 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Rioux, Hélène 1949-
Lafrance, Marie

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