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The Sound That Jazz Makes

4.41 of 5 stars 4.41  ·  rating details  ·  17 ratings  ·  5 reviews
A symphony of sound and color, The Sound That Jazz Makes is an eloquently rendered celebration of a remarkable heritage. Author Carole Boston Weatherford's lyrical stanzas combine with the power of luminous oil paintings by Coretta Scott King New Talent winner, Eric Velasquez (The Piano Man) to trace the development of jazz. From African forests to wooden slave ships to Ha ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Walker Childrens (first published 2000)
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James Govednik
For ages 7-9, this is a great recounting of the story of jazz. The rhyming verse carries the story from ancient Africa to present-day America. The illustrations are in a style that will appeal to younger readers, and the layout of the text beneath the illustrations is very accessible. The music content holds lots of possibilities for arts integration. Some of the specific music items mentioned include drums, kalimba, banjo, guitar, cakewalks, ragtime, the "drinking gourd," blues, gospel, as well ...more
This was such a wonderful introduction to the history of jazz. Required reading for the young music lover in your life.
This is lovely book told in a circular format about the history of Jazz. It begins with people from Africa and their musical history, the slave trade and the continuance of their culture through song and music. As freedom loomed the music developed into ragtime and finally Jazz. I thought the poetry was on target and engaging, the illustrations were perfect for the subject matter and meaningful for the text. I felt moved by the book and it ends with rap, a very important music for today's youth. ...more
This is one of my FAVORITE children's books in my classroom and such a GREAT book for music teachers to use to integrate reading into their curriculum. It has great history, great imagery, great rhyme and flow, and a great message. This book is a Carter G. Woodson Book Award Winner and a well deserved recipient.
Katherine Scholl
This book portrayed the history of music. This would be a good book to used when talking about musical influences.
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