Treat your students to this amazingly vibrant biography of blues legend Muddy Waters. Perfect for the elementary classroom or school library.
A picture book celebration of the indomitable Muddy Waters, a blues musician whose fierce and electric sound laid the groundwork for what would become rock and roll.
Muddy Waters was never good at doing what he was told. When Grandma Della said the blues wouldn’t put food on the table, Muddy didn’t listen. And when record producers told him no one wanted to listen to a country boy playing country blues, Muddy ignored them as well. This tenacious streak carried Muddy from the hardscrabble fields of Mississippi to the smoky juke joints of Chicago and finally to a recording studio where a landmark record was made.
Soon the world fell in love with the tough spirit of Muddy Waters. In blues-infused prose and soulful illustrations, Michael Mahin and award-winning artist Evan Turk tell Muddy’s fascinating and inspiring story of struggle, determination, and hope.
I have created 22 book extension activities to go along with this title.
Cover Story (Pre-Reading Activity)
Making Connections Pre-Reading (2 Activities)
Let’s Take a Picture Walk (2 Activities)
I Wonder… Formulating Questions
Comprehension Questions Answer Key
Compare and Contrast Muddy and You
Important Events in the Story
Character Changes Througout the Story
All About Muddy
Making Connections: Text to Self
Making Connections: Text to Text
Making Connections: Text to World
Listen to the Music (THIS REQUIRES TEACHER TO PLAY A MUDDY WATERS SONG FOR THE CLASS!!)
Design a Poster Advertising a Muddy Waters Concert
Muddy 3-2-1 Activity