The Jazz of Our Street

The Jazz of Our Street

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New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz, is the setting for this joyful book celebrating jazz parades and their traditions. When the pounding of the big drum signals the start of the jazz parade, a brother and sister run to follow the band through the neighborhood streets. Soon the children join their neighbors in second line dancing-shimmying, shaking, and swaying in joyful movements that have been passed down for generations. Fatima Shaik's lyrical text shows how this quintessentially American musical form weaves stories through its rhythms and sounds. With E. B. Lewis's vibrant, expressive watercolor paintings, The Jazz of Our Street rings as sweetly as a trumpet's note.

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ISBN-13: 9780803718852
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 05/01/1998
Edition description: 1 ED
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 8.82(w) x 10.86(h) x 0.36(d)
Lexile: 850L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

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The Jazz of Our Street 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
RebeccaMichelet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Set in New Orleans, the book tells the story of two children who hears music coming down their street, and they know a second line is about to form. The narrator describes music as a way to tell stories, and remember events of the past. It is a good book that can help students understand how music can also tell stories
kelsimcnab on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story is about the music and dancing that occurs in New Orleans. It talks about the famous second line, that is performed at many occasions in New Orleans. This is a great book to read when teaching students about jazz.
ebruno on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Two kids join the start of a second line in Treme. Following the jazzy music,they dance and others join. This book mainly describes the culture and traditions of New Orleans.
Jill.Barrington on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Two particular neighborhood children enjoy a typical morning in their neighborhood, including marching around with a local jazz band with neighbors.The book would be a good way to explain community and the unique aspects of New Orleans.
DayehSensei on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Set in New Orleans' Treme neighborhood, Shaik's part-rhyming, part-prose story presents the tale of local children who get swept away by the rhythm and vibrance of a second-line street parade. Beautiful, moving illustrations.
jebass on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A delightful little story about two small children living in Treme, a neighborhood in New Orleans, who follow the impromptu music of a neighborhood jazz band and the second line that comes from it. The story found a special place in my heart, capturing the fun spirit in the tradition of the second line in New Orleans, the "birthplace of Jazz." The book could be used to teach about different types of music, or about the history of New Orleans and jazz music.
caaats on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
E.B. Lewis captures the excitement of the children in the book when the jazz band plays in the streetsThe faces of the people are realistic and life-like. Their faces convey emotions that are easily detectable by the reader. For example, on the first page, the children hear the jazz band in the background and their faces convey anticipation and excitement. This is much more effective than the author simply stating ¿The children were excited.¿Lewis¿ illustrations demonstrate that he understands children and what is special to them. Children love the anticipation and the excitement of parades. Lewis captures this in the expression of the two children who are the main characters in the story. Also, children love music and dancing. Lewis makes this evident in his illustrations, because when the music is playing and the children are dancing, they are smiling. This book captures the long standing tradition of the jazz parade in New Orleans. I would recommend this book for older children, specifically 3nd grade and older because it deals with complex ideas of traditions and pride in them. Children may not develop or understand what it means to have pride in one¿s culture until they are older. Also, there tends to be a lot of text on a page. However, older children would enjoy reading the text and then looking at the detailed illustrations that correspond.