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The Sound that Jazz Makes


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The Sound that Jazz Makes by Carole Boston Weatherford, Illustrated by Eric Velasquez. (Walker & Company, 2001)

Ages 6-9

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This lush history of jazz starts in Africa before the slave ships, and takes kids all the way to the Hip Hop present. Each page brings a different era to life through Valasquez's vivid oil paintings and Weatherford's verse:

"This is Harlem where Duke was king,
Lady was crowned, and Count ruled swing,
Cab Calloway hollered 'Hi-de-ho!'
and Ella scatted in the spotlight's glow."

The only thing that could have made this book better is a CD of music selections from each era. But Weatherford provides the next best thing on her website: a discography and timeline you can use to explain and bring the book to life. You can find that here:

http://www.caroleweatherford.com/jazz_lesson_plan.htm

 

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