Bringing 'The King' to the 8-to-12-Year-Old Set

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A new illustrated biography of Elvis Presley traces Elvis's colorful roots and shows 8-to-12-year-olds how the King created a unique sound. hide caption

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Elvis Presley's fans are all over the map. They come in all colors, shapes and sizes.

But a couple of groups may still need a nudge.

In his new illustrated biography of Presley, author Geoff Edgers targets a group he says under-appreciates "the King" — the 8-to-12-year-old set.

Edgers, a reporter at The Boston Globe, traces Presley's colorful roots to Depression-era Mississippi, then shows children how the singer created a sound all his own. Illustrator John O'Brien brings Presley to life with black-and-white illustrations on nearly every page.

Edgers speaks with guest host James Hattori about why children should know about Presley, and how they respond to his story.

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