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Jazz Baby Hardcover – November 1, 2007
I Am: 40 Reasons to Trust God
Through Bible stories, short devotions, and prayers, children discover the meaning of each name and how it relates to their lives. Hardcover
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Granny sings scat.
BItty boppin'Baby goes
Mama sings high,
Daddy sings low.
Snazzy-jazzy Baby says "Go, Man, Go!"
THere's more dancing and singing and bebopping, and then, just like song returning to its chorus, there's a return (only slightly modified) to some of the earlier words and actions:
Momma swings high.
Daddy swings low.
Swingin'=singin' Baby says "Go, Man, GO!"
Wow--this is easy, fun reading, all natural and rhythmic and nothing forced in meter or rhyme. It's a lot like a jazz piece--SOme central ideas (The Baby as the central person, dancing, singing), with some riffs that broaden and extend those themes (e.g., the extended family as subtext, a brief exploration of some jazz instruments and their sounds, the baby getting drowsy and going to sleep...)
This sort of spontaneity extends to the gouache illustrations by award-winning illustrator R. Gregory Christie. It may take several readings for one to fully appreciate his casual style and how well it fits the rhythm and feeling of the book. The emphasis is on motion and tempo, on the dancer/singer and his or her ability to fill up space with movement and sound. Christie treats us to views of the elongated dancers' limbs, bright, sometimes surprising colors, and even long shots of buildings swaying to the beat. In a sequence that recalls "Fantasisa, the notes dance off a musical cleff, grow daces, and dance around "Baby.Read more ›
I love how the text is largely done with sound words (there's a word for that, but I can't for the life of me remember how to spell it!) or scat singing. Very bouncy, very great, wonderful way to teach basic wordplay for little ones.
I'm not a huge fan of the illustrations. They're not ill-suited for the text, they just aren't a style I happen to like. What you see on the cover is pretty much what you get inside, either you like it or not. However, even though they're not my taste, I can see why the illustrator chose to do it this way - the pictures almost seem to move with the rhythm of the music in the words. It works. (Even if it's not my favorite style ever.)
All in all, I highly recommend this one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My one-year-old loves this book! The rhythm, rhyming, activity of clapping, etc. engages her. We read it with a tempo change towards the end ("tempo goes up, lights go... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Geena H.
Fun, rhythmic and musical book for the whole family. Highly recommended.Published 4 months ago by Alinita
I am just in love with this book! Such a great job with the rhythm and rhyme that little jazzy baby has a real good time! My boys loved the story and the beat. Read morePublished 7 months ago by P. Boyd
granddaughter screamed with delight when she got this book! It is her fav bookPublished 7 months ago by Jud
My two-year old requires that this book is read every night in preparation for bedtime. The illustrations and lines are so memorable that she almost reads the book to herself. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Erika A.
My kids LOVE this book. It is perfect for any age. The sounds and illustrations are fun for the smallest babies and it is a good beginner book for little readers.Published 10 months ago by Crystal