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Jazz Fly 2: The Jungle Pachanga

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  • Posted April 4, 2011

    One of the best bilingual books I've read!

    Matthew Gollub is a musical genius. He not only makes this story pop to life with his tone, the music, and song, but the repetition is wonderful for children to sing along with him. When you first open the book, you will see little phrases of English and Spanish for your child to read with you. The animation in Matthew's voice makes it very difficult to sit in one place for very long. My daughter was dancing to the music and my son was enjoying the story as well.

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  • Posted October 4, 2010

    The Jazz Fly Speaks Spanish and Latin Jazz!

    This sequel to Matthew Gollub's "The Jazz Fly" is pure fun. Add this one to your child's collection as another great source of musical and bi-cultural education. My kids love both books! "Jazz Fly 2" has added Latin rhythms and Spanish to his repertoire as he and his buggy band travel through the rainforest. My 8 year old appreciated the theme, having just studied the rainforest in school. Like the first book, the groove and scatting are catchy. The same jazz quartet from "The Jazz Fly" plays along on the accompanying CD, and the termite house band showcases different Latin percussion instruments. My youngest grabs her maracas and shakes along with the beat! "Jazz Fly 2" is illustrated again by Karen Hanke. The colors are as vibrant and varied as the spectrum of color to be found in the jungle. It's lovely. And so is the book's lesson: the benefit of learning another language. The Jazz Fly must use his Spanish phrase book to find his way. A native sloth, spider monkey and macaw are able to help out. Later he saves the day using his new language skills when an anteater threatens his friends at the dance party. There are 40 Spanish words used in the book, and they are color-coded. Your child can see the Spanish words this way while they hear them. Using Latin beats and Spanish words, reading and listening to "Jazz Fly 2, The Jungle Pachanga" is a wonderful way to continue my kids travels through the world of books. "Choo-ka Choo-ka Ting. Ay, caramba! Cómo cómo llego a la Choo-ka pachanga?"

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