This Jazz Man by Karen Ehrhardt

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In this toe-tapping jazz tribute, the traditional "This Old Man" gets a swinging makeover, and some of the era's best musicians take center stage. The tuneful text and vibrant illustrations bop, slide, and shimmy across the page as Satchmo plays one, Bojangles plays two . . . right on down the line to Charles Mingus, who plays nine, plucking strings that sound "divine."     Easy on the ear and the eye, this playful introduction to nine jazz giants will teach children to count--and will give them every reason to get up and dance!     Includes a brief biography of each musician.
 

About Karen Ehrhardt

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KAREN EHRHARDT doesn't play an instrument and can't sing a lick. But she's probably listening to music right now, at her home in the California redwoods, with her husband David and their dog Wylie. This is her first book for children. R.G. ROTH studied drawing and painting at the Rhode Island School of Design. His award-winning work has been displayed in New York City. Though a native of the historic whaling village Cold Spring Harbor, New York, he now lives with his wife, two daughters, and their dog Moxie in a 1850s period home in Hudson, Ohio.
 
Published November 1, 2006 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Ten two-page spreads update the sing-along favorite, each of the first nine devoted to a different jazz legend, from Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong to Charlie “Bird” Parker to John Burks “Dizzy” Gillespie to Charles Mingus and others.

Nov 01 2006 | Read Full Review of This Jazz Man

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Setting her ode to nine jazz giants to the rhythm of "This Old Man," newcomer Ehrhardt playfully substitutes the onomatopoeic sounds of their instruments (or Bill "Bojangles" Robinson's tapping feet) for the standard "knick knack paddy-whack" refrain.

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