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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Terrific Tuesday

J is for Jazz written by Ann Ingalls, illustrated Maria Corte Maidagan is way more than an alphabet book. As we do follow the alphabet, we find each letter celebrates something or someone associated with Jazz. B is for Blues; C is for Count Basie; F is for Floorflushers.  Each letter has bright, geometric, flowing art.  There is a sentence or two about each item, some lyrical, some more of a definition.  But in some way the letter is placed with a body or instruments or incorporated into the art in a fun, fantastical way.
There is a glossary in the back, in case like me, you don't know what all the Jazz slang means. 
What an eye-catching  book.  It strikes me that the art is as eye-catching as Jazz is ear-catching.  I'll use this with all ages and depending on the age of the group or child, that would determine how much of this book I would share.  I can see using this book to introduce some new terms if sharing the chapter book, Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, and 5th graders, but also sharing 4 or 5 letters with a Preschool Storytime group.  

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