Heaven's All-Star Jazz Band by Don Carter

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In a text that grooves and swings with the rhythms of jazz, Don Carter celebrates some of America’s greatest jazz legends.
Grandpa Jack loved jazz. He called it “heavenly.” So now that heaven is where Grandpa Jack’s at, his grandson imagines it to be a place filled with music. In a club called the Cotton, Grandpa Jack can hear all his favorite musicians play together in Heaven’s All-Star Jazz Band. And when that glorious music has filled his soul, Grandpa Jack steps up onto the stage and adds his own bit of rhythm with his famous spoons solo.
Don Carter celebrates some of jazz’s greatest legends and the lasting bond their music creates between a boy and his grandfather.

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Don Carter has always listened to jazz while making his amazing three-dimensional paintings, so creating this all-star lineup was a thrill. Mr. Carter’s illustrations enliven Wake Up House! and Hello School!, both by Dee Lillegard.
Published October 8, 2002 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 40 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Grandpa Jack is a bit shy when he first arrives in Heaven, which, appropriately for a jazz fan like himself, takes the form of a Cotton Club peopled with jazz legends whose music Grandpa loved so much in life.

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"Every night in heaven/ The jazz is hot/ in a club called Cotton," a paradisiacal honky-tonk that blissfully mixes the celestial (thick, cake frosting–like clouds, stars and feathery angel wings) and the earthly (Satchmo singing scat, couples dancing and Duke Ellington seated at a white baby grand).

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