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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Library Binding edition (November 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152053077
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152053079
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-5–Using a lively version of the children's song This Old Man, this book introduces famous African-American jazz musicians as it counts to nine. Louis Armstrong is number 1. This jazz man, he plays one,/He plays rhythm with his thumb,/With a Snap! Snap! Snazzy-snap!/Give the man a hand,/This jazz man scats with the band. The illustrations give clues to the performers, and the end matter has a biographical sketch for each one. In the final spread, all of the musicians are together, taking bows: These jazz men make one great band! The energetic collage illustrations introduce the action by picturing bold striped curtains encompassing an empty stage set up with jazz instruments; each performer's subsequent spread has striped borders. Onomatopoeic words spill across the pages in imitation of the music's sounds. The book is fun for jazz aficionados and neophytes alike. Children will enjoy the sounds and illustrations and sing along without needing to know more.–Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
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Ehrhardt moves the traditional counting chant "This Old Man" to the jazz club in this infectious, rhythmic offering. Each page features a different jazz musician who plays "rhythm with his thumb," makes "music with his shoes," and so on. The rhyming text scans with a smooth, toe-tapping tempo that's nicely extended by the colorful, mixed-media images, arranged in compositions that have their own staccato beat. Bars of striped color slide across page edges, and stylized African American musicians, rendered in geometric shapes and textured prints, send up "notes that rise to heaven." Children will want to shout along with the scat-cat rhythms ("Beedle-di-Bop! Bebop!") that replace the original chant's "paddy-whack" refrain and are printed in colorful letters that punctuate the artwork. This will appeal most to preschoolers and kindergarteners, but older children will appreciate the closing section, which reveals that the featured musicians represent real-life jazz legends, including Charles Mingus and Charlie Parker. A short biography of each is appended. A welcome introduction to the world of jazz. Gillian Engberg
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Karen performs This Jazz Man at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Sunday 6/2, 12:30pm

Join an interactive reading of THIS JAZZ MAN, as part of FREE Family Day and a nonstop, 24-hour live art variety show in the SFMOMA's Rooftop Pavilion featuring 48 artists, filmmakers, musicians, performers, and writers.

SFMOMA Family Day: 11am-4pm, features inventive hands-on gallery activities for children ages 4 to 12.

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BIOGRAPHY:

Back in the 1940s and 50s (before I was born!) my mama saw many jazz greats perform at venues like Club Alabam. Mingus or Parker might play and Ellington, Bojangles and other famous folk would drop by! When he had a regular gig in LA, Dizzy Gillespie lived right down the block from my mama's house!

My favorite jazz singers performing today are Paula West and Amber Weekes.

GREAT NEWS...

This Jazz Man audiobook just won the 2011 Audie Award for Children's Titles (For Ages Up to 8)! Also won a 2010 AudioFile Earphones Award!

Bravo! to a formidable jazz man himself, the narrator, Mr. James "D Train" Williams, and to Live Oak Media for their wonderful production!




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A really fun read!
L. Lathrop
The book also serves as a fun introduction to jazz for small children.
Ms. Milky
The kids can easily learn the words and sing along.
Christima

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Update, 2010.

Live on Stage: The Sounds of "This Jazz Man"

Finally! "This Jazz Man" will be released very soon on CD and cassette, and I'm lucky enough to have an advance copy from the publisher. Although author Ehrhardt and illustrator Roth painted a superb word-picture combo, the SOUND of those illustrious 10 Jazz men was absent from the mix. The audio version solves that creatively, not only with a superb --jazzy even--reading of the text by James "D Train" Williams (his enthusiastic but controlled narrative brims with the personalities of the musicians and their music), but with examples of the music by a very talented septet! You can hear the splash bomb drumming of Art Blakey, the lush grandeur of Duke Ellington, the boppish output of Mingus, Charlie "Bird" Parker, and Dizzy. These samplings, long enough to give one a real feeling for the style and sound, alternate with Williams' narration, and the sound effects (the hushed introduction of a mythical nightclub that helps identify the musician), the thunderous and very life-sounding applause) both mesh with and intensify the excitement of the book: You really feel like you're there!

The book/CD combination is as fine an example of immersion education as you'll hear, see, and especially feel. Like the book, the CD can be enjoyed at several levels of musical knowledge and cognitive development. Toddlers will enjoy the jazzy text and bright pictures (as well as learning the numbers from one to ten) accompanied by the synchronized CD (there is a brief page-turning sound to cue the parent, teacher, or designated student page-flipper to turn the page). Older elementary school kids can enjoy the same experience, or can listen to a second track that excludes the page-turn cue.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Helene Van Manen on January 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I'm 3 and my Grandmother Helene reads this book to me. She said that my Doctor Beth gave it to me and my sister Scarlett and the author signed it. That made me smile.

I really like this book. My grandmother sings me it and i like music and instruments and can name the saxophone and trumpet and drums.I like the pictures of the conga drums.

I usually say, " read it again" when she's done and I can almost pick out all the numbers now too. Jude Stulb, Pueblo Colorado
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sophie Bo on March 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I am an elementary school media specialist for grades 1 - 5. I read this book to my first and second graders. By the third jazz man they were chanting along with me. By the fifth man we were all singing along with the familiar song tune. They loved the scat phrases and repeated them over and over. What a bonus that these men are actual jazz legends. I highly recommend this book for a great musical read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Maria on March 21, 2007
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Oooh, this book made me what to rap and tap and beedle-di-bop! Which is quite somethin', since I don't have a musical bone in my body!

This is a great book-the text jives off the page and the illustrations thimp dumple thump right along. What a great way to teach kids about jazz legends!

Hats off to Ehrdhardt and Roth for a beautiful book!

Encore!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. C. Porter on May 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is the perfect book for any child, jazz lover or not. In fact, it is really two books in one. The first is a jazzy recasting of that familiar childhood tune "This Old Man" with the eponymous geezer replaced by the great men of Jazz: Armstrong scats, Bojangles taps, and Mingus is among us. Kids will love Ehrhardt's textual rendering of musical sounds that stand in for the non-sensical "knick knack paddywhack," and be mesmerized by Roth's perfectly paired illustrations (which feature a fun game of 'find the jazz mouse' to boot.)
The second book here is the biographical sketches presented as the encore to the joyous rhyming beginning. Ehrhardt has a knack for finding interesting biographical facts of these men who changed the way we listen to music.
Bravo!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Truthseeker! on April 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I love this book! My son is 20 months and loves this book the rhythm of the words, the numbers, the clapping the sounds of the instruments. What would be excellent if there was an auditory accompaniment to the book. A taping of someone reading the book who can demonstrate the sounds or even better a taping that included musical instruments playing.

I know a lot of people would LOVE to hear it as well and it would be an excellent teaching tool. Please forward this to the appropriate individuals and if possible keep me updated on the release date of the cd. Thank YOU for writing such an awesome, entertaining and needed book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. S. Hassett on April 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is a joy to read aloud - the words dance right off your tongue. Brilliant uses of onomatopoeia. As I read it to my 1-year-old she actually started dancing - no joke! As a teacher I absolutely love the non-fiction piece in the back.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christima on January 24, 2010
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This book is amazing. It goes through nine great jazz artists. It goes to the melody of "This Old Man." The kids can easily learn the words and sing along. I highly recommend it!!!
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