This Jazz Man by Karen EhrhardtThis Jazz Man by Karen Ehrhardt

This Jazz Man

byKaren EhrhardtIllustratorR.G. Roth

Paperback | January 27, 2015

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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. "
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...
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Title:This Jazz ManFormat:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.16 inPublished:January 27, 2015Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0544339223

ISBN - 13:9780544339224

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a Great Book! "Doodly-doodly-Doot-doot! Toot-Toot!" ******* That's Karen Ehrhardt's delightful take on a Dizzy Gillespie trumpet line, and like the rest of this sparkling first book, every note rings joyous and true. In a somewhat daring move, Ms. Ehrhardt airs out the musty old English poem, "This Old Man," with jazz-infused lyrics, and distills the essence of nine jazz giants: Louis Armstrong, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Chano Pozo, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Art Blakey, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Charles Mingus.******** The improvisations in "This Jazz Man" are authentic and fun--the text is made for reading out loud! Within the 5-line format of the original song, the author conveys the sound and spirit of these artists, while keeping the tone light and understandable for her young), perhaps jazz-naive audience (about 3 to 7 years-old). Along with each Jazz Man's stanza are the sounds and rhythms of his performance -- depicted in text that incorporated with each illustration. ******* Illustrator R. G. Roth complements Ehrhardt's narrative pictures with multi-media illustrations that are playfully retro yet fresh and child-friendly. "This Jazz Man" has an exhilarating finale -- after each man plays (1 through 9), all of the jazz icons appear on stage together:******* This jazz band, they play ten,/ We beg them to play again, / With an "Encore, we want more!" / Give them all a hand" / These jazz men make one great band! " ********* Teachers can easily adapt "This Jazz Man" to language units, numbers and counting, music appreciation, art, solo and group singing. Older students may delve further into the lives and times of the musicians through Ehrhardt's rich yet compact biographical sketches in the afterward. For readers who'd like to sample the actual music, Ehrhardt recommends recorded works for each Jazz Man: a couple tracks for each musician, and even two feature films (available on video) that display Bojangles' tapping talents. Perhaps in future editions of this book, the publishers could include a companion CD/DVD.
Date published: 2006-10-04

Editorial Reviews

This Jazz Man . . . is gentle and upbeat. Here the idea is that every great musician joins one big imaginary jazz band, and it’s a whole lot of fun.”
The New York Times Book Review