Swing Sisters: The Story of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm

Swing Sisters: The Story of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm


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Back in 1909, not far from Jackson, Mississippi, Dr. Laurence Clifton Jones opened a special place for orphans named Piney Woods Country Life School. Dr. Jones loved music and wanted the children to love it too. In 1939 he started a school band that was just for girls, and he called it the Sweethearts. The music the girls played was called swing. It had rhythms and melodies that got people up on their feet to dance. And like all good music, it told stories about how it feels to be alive. After the girls left Piney Woods, the band stayed together and performed around the world. With their enormous talent and joyful music, the Sweethearts chipped away at racist and sexist barriers wherever they went.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823419708
Publisher: Holiday House
Publication date: 01/01/2015
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 11.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 840L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Karen Deans is the author of Playing to Win: The Story of Althea Gibson, illustrated by Elbrite Brown. She is also an artist whose favorite medium is oil paint on panel. Ms. Deans lives with her husband and three children in the Washington DC area.

Joe Cepeda is an award-winning illustrator of more than twenty books for children. He lives in Southern California with his wife and their son.

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