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Friday, April 22, 2011

Illustrated Friday: Jazz

JazzA sultry love song, sassy as a summer day,
goes dancing from my heart and fills my mind
with such sweet things to say.

Those are the kinds of verses you'll find in Jazz, a book of poetry about the foundations and evolutions of jazz music that's as chock full of information and details as any nonfiction book.  There's a really informative glossary in the back of relevant jazz terms, as well as a timeline of important jazz milestones and an introduction that really lays the foundation for the poetry in the book.  This would make a great cornerstone for an author study (Walter Dean Myers is incredibly prolific and all of his books are top notch) or a thematic unit (music, English and social studies/history- how cross-curricular!)  Happy Friday!
 
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