About the Author
William Miller has written many highly-acclaimed children's books including Golf Night, a Parent's Choice Award Gold Medal winner, and Zora Hurston and the Cranberry Tree, a Reading Rainbow featured title. Miller lives in York, Pennsylvania, where he teaches creative writing and African American literature at York College.
Charlotte Riley-Webb is a fine artist, much of her work focuses on visually documenting her African American heritage, and the significance of music to that heritage can be seen in the rhythm, movements, and colors of her paintings. Riley-Webb and her husband live in Locust Grove, Georgia.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
*Beautiful, eye-catching, well-detailed color drawings are sure to engage young readers. *Storyline and characters will keep readers attention. *Will educate youth about what a rent party is. *Gives origin of rent parties, the development of jazz and musical experimentation.
I used this with middle schoolers! There was so much to talk about - the history of the period (1920's), the culture of New Orleans,the language, the economy - losing jobs, the family makeup (where was the father? -how it related to their lives. We played jazz music from the time and researched people of the era and famous jazz musicians. We made masks and talked about Marde Gras and Fat Tuesday. We made some "authentic" New Orleans food. They loved it. Linked it to the Harlem Renaissance. You are never too old for a picture book.