Hosea Plays On

Hosea Plays On


Product details



  • Publisher : Sterling; Illustrated edition (28 Feb. 2020)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 145492683X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1454926832
  • Reading age : 3 - 9 years
  • Dimensions : 23.37 x 1.02 x 29.46 cm


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.