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When Louis Armstrong Taught Me Scat Hardcover – December 24, 2008

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With the synergy of a veteran jazz duo, debut author Weinstein and Christie (Jazz Baby) pay rollicking tribute to Satchmo and the singing style he popularized. Freewheeling verbal and visual riffs elevate the simple plot: after a mother and daughter dance to the radio before bedtime (We spin an' twirl around, waggle our heads an' wiggle our hips), the girl learns to sing scat—about her bubble gum—when Armstrong visits her in a dream. Rippety wrapper/ glittery new/ pinkety sweet/ stickety chew. Children can both giggle at the bouncy non sequiturs (Cricket's throne/ puppy's bone/ bug's umbrella/ mozzarella???) and absorb some musical history from endnotes on Armstrong and scat. Christie's vibrant acrylics offer a pleasing, surreal fluidity. Floating purple trumpets, a winding musical staff and appearances by some hep-looking animals all jell with the anything-goes nature of the subject. Ages 5–9. (Feb.)
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Scat, the grown-up art form of sounding like a baby, finds a home in this energetic picture book featuring scat’s pioneering practitioner and a little girl who loves bubble gum. After her momma teaches her what scat is, she’s visited by Louis Armstrong in a dream. Together, they chew up a musical mouthful: “squash-itee / stretch-itee / gummity thick / squooz-itee / oooz-itee / blowitty quick!” Decked out in bubble-gum pinks and soulful blues, scenes of the little girl and Satchmo cool-catting it across the pages will gets kids moving, but it’s the bop-happy nonsense words themselves that highlight the art. The frenetic mix of font sizes, types, and layouts mimic the wild variations of vocal timbre and staccato rhythms that kids should have no problem glomming onto with a little bit of help. Ideal for group settings and early music classes, this book will encourage what kids do best: gleefully spouting nonsense, bouncing out of their seats, and being as silly as possible. Preschool-Grade 2. --Ian Chipman

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (December 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811851311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811851312
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sue Wilkowski on May 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Absolutely wonderful! I read this book to my nephew and by the last page we were both bopping our heads and scatting right along with Muriel Harris Weinstein's rhythmic, magical words. She's clearly a pro and her love of jazz oozes off the page right into the reader's swinging shoulders and tapping toes. Loius Armstrong must be scatting his praise for Weinstein and this perfect book. I highly recommend it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Helena Basket on June 5, 2009
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This book is so wonderful it kept not one but 2 classes of preschoolers in rapt attention. They loved repeating the scat, feeling the cadence, letting it flow to create their own scats. It captured their imaginations and creativity. And it taught them a little music history to boot. What a great read, or do I mean ride!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan Astor on May 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
What a delight! This book is full of joy and lyricism. A pleasure for anyone of any age to read! The author knows what makes children want to jump up, sing and dance.
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THE JIM JAM JAZZ OF THIS BOOK'S SONG. The voice in this book makes you wanna sing, makes you wanna dance, makes you wanna laugh and makes you wanna do all those things with mommy and daddy and sister and brother and cousins by the dozens.
It is a wonderful book waking up the music in a child. It wakes up the EAR of a child in its word-play. Wonderful springboard for children who love to learn words and for children who have difficulty as it it plays with those words and the child-listener/child reader will laugh and enjoy attacking words or listening to the sounds of words.
I am a teacher in elementary level and I know that the kids will fall in love with this book. Go get it for all the kids in your family.

My students want to buy a copy for their home librarty or bedroom shelf so they can have it close by. This pleases me as they go over the words that are vivid, the words that are not easy to attack and wind up laughing as this book makes it FUN !
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Let me start by saying that I LOVE kids' books. My three children (ages 4, 4 and 6) have hundreds of books and I've read hundreds more in kids' book stores. This book was simply amazing. My three kids (two boys and a girl) ask for it EVERY night. In fact, I was just in New Orleans with my six-year old and she saw a Louis Armstrong CD in a store and asked me to buy it so she could listen to Scat!!
Reading this book to my kids is a pleasure. The words are written in such a way that it feels like you are scatting when you read it. It is like poetry and rolls off your tongue so easily! Most importantly, it really held my kids' attention and made them interested in such an important musician that they might not have known about otherwise. The illustrations are beautiful. I just can't say enough about this book! Bravo! (Or should I say "Oobbely Coobely give me some scat!)
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By Gloria Murray on August 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Muriel Harris Weinstein's scat is great fun, not only for kids, but adults will love sharing it with their little ones. It's so upbeat and full of tongue twisters and rythmn it makes you want to scat in your seat. A real unique piece of work about one of our great performers, told through a little girl's perception. I've heard it read many times and never get tired of the wonderful imagination Ms. Weinstein has presented in this real cool, real hot, oopleyoopleydo of a book.
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By L. Sugar on August 16, 2009
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This is a beautiful, lyrical ride created by the author and the illustrator. When Louis Armstrong Taught Me Scat is fanciful and freeing, unleashing one's imagination while teaching about scat and Satchmo. The rhythm of the book sweeps us along like a quiet trumpet blowing softly on a warm summer's night. It is fun and informative for "children" of any age.
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By Emily K on June 15, 2012
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My 3-year-old daughter picked up this book at the library. It's a lot of fun to read, and not too long to read again and again. Last night after reading the book, I put some Louis Armstrong on Pandora and we danced around the living room like the characters in the story. I think we'll have to do that more often!
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