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

4.9 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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From Publishers Weekly

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 (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #674,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is so much fun to read! Teaches scat in a manner that it's both accessible and fun (scatting about bubblegum). Though my husband still has trouble scatting in his Louis Armstrong voice. I hope it, coupled with our music collection, instills of a live of jazz in our daughter.
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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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What a great way to introduce children to the legend that is Louis Armstrong! I love this book. The illustrations are fantastic. The book has a musicality in the way it is written, and it really is fun for both parents and children to read along. You will find yourself dancing along while reading. Honestly, I can't stress enough how loved this book is in our family.
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By MelissaD on March 4, 2013
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I used to work at a preschool and the teacher would always play this song called "Scat Like That." When I found this book I just had to get it for her. It is so fun to read to the kids and have them repeat all of the scats after you read them.
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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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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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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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Just read/ sang this book to my class of 2-5 year olds- and we had a spontaneous combustion of scat dancing, singing, rhyming and rhythms. What a great treat! The children "got" the concept immeidately through my silly renditions of the words, and each jumped in to sing their own version. Excellent!
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