Thursday, November 5, 2009

ABZ's

Wynton Marsalis's Jazz ABZ is such a cool book. Beautiful illustrations by Paul Rogers and perfectly matched prose by Marsalis make this a fun education on Jazz musicians as you move through the alphabet from Louis Armstrong to DiZzy Gillespie.

Charlie Parker Played Be Bop by Chris Rashka has long been a favorite in our house, and a board book that I gift to all new babies I know, so Jazz musicians interest our kids, as does Jazz music. At two- and four-years old, Jazz ABZ is a little old for my kids at this point, but they still enjoy the illustrations, word play, and especially the letters that have text that swings & bops to a beat. And, they're learning new words like awkward, dogma, embarking, ephemeral, fractured, julep, zenith, and many, many more. This book's a treasure—buy it! We did.

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