The Blues of Flats Brown: Walter Dean Myers


The Blues of Flats Brown

Author: Walter Dean Myers
Illustrator: Nina Laden
Publisher: Holiday House
Publication Year: 2001
Brief Summary: A junkyard dog named Flats runs away from his abusive master in order to play the blues.
Awards, Honors and Prizes: 

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:
  • Music: introduce the blues.  Play a CD of blues music.  Why do you think they call this music “the blues”?  Think about the lyrics and the melody…how does it make you feel?  Read together with Walter Dean Myers’ Blues Journey.
  • Discuss the reasons why Flats felt like he had to leave.
  • Why do you think Flat’s owner let him go at the end?

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.

Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library


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