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Jazz Baby

by Lisa Wheeler
Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

Published by Harcourt, 2007
32 pages
ISBN: 0-15-202522-7

Ages birth-3

“Brother’s hands tap. Sister’s hands snap. Itty-bitty Baby’s hands CLAP-CLAP-CLAP.” Lisa Wheeler’s spirited narrative cascades to an energizing rhythm in a playful picture book full of beat and bounce. Wheeler skillfully uses word- and sound-play in a book that is less story than celebration of a baby’s place in the hearts of his immediate and extended family, and even the larger community, all of whom participate in one way or another in a spirited musical gathering with the baby at its center. R. Gregory Christie’s dynamic illustrations feature fluid lines that suggest motion and movement as they depict a vibrant African American family and community. Highly Commended, 2008 Charlotte Zolotow Award  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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