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This Jazz Man

by Karen Ehrhardt
Illustrated by R.G. Roth

Published by Harcourt, 2006
32 pages
ISBN: 9780152053079

Ages 4-10

Using the pattern of the nursery song “This Old Man,” Ehrhardt presents a series of jazz greats, introducing each in a new “verse.” (One who plays rhythm with his thumb, another makes music with his shoes, and so on.) Children familiar with the traditional rhyme will know just how to read this syncopated jazzy narrative, which is accompanied by equally free-spirited and jazzy collage pictures that have the feel of improvisation. Other readers and listeners will catch on quickly to a text that invites them to make music with all kinds of instruments and vocalizations. The identity of each of the “players” introduced is revealed at the book’s end in brief biographical sketches. Well-known artists such as Charlie Parker and Louis Armstrong are included along with lesser known musicians such as Cuba’s Luciano Pozo y Gonzalez.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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