The Jazz of Our Street by Fatima Shaik

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New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz, is the setting for this joyful book celebrating jazz parades and their traditions. The lyrical text shows how this quintessentially American musical form weaves stories through its rhythms and sounds. Full color.

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Fatima Shaik grew up in New Orleans and every summer returns there with her family. She is the author of The Jazz of Our Street (Dial), a picture book about the jazz parades in New Orleans, and a novel for young readers, Melitte (Dial). Fatima Shaik lives in New York City.
Published May 1, 1998 by Dial. 32 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Travel, Children's Books. Fiction

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As kids and adults tumble into the streets to take a place in the second line--a sinuous, shimmying group dancing behind the band, ready to respond to its every call--Shaik conveys the musicality of the event: ""The band warms up/with odd, jumping notes/that don't seem to match./But then they men...

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Lewis's (Down the Road) action-filled watercolors animate a New Orleans neighborhood in Shaik's (Melitte) introduction to a turn-of-the-century tradition: the ""second line"" of dancers who followed the legendary jazz bands.

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