This Jazz Man

This Jazz Man


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In this toe-tapping jazz tribute, the traditional "This Old Man" gets a swinging makeover, and some of the era's best musicians take center stage. The tuneful text and vibrant illustrations bop, slide, and shimmy across the page as Satchmo plays one, Bojangles plays two . . . right on down the line to Charles Mingus, who plays nine, plucking strings that sound "divine."

Easy on the ear and the eye, this playful introduction to nine jazz giants will teach children to count—and will give them every reason to get up and dance!

Includes a brief biography of each musician.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544339224
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 01/27/2015
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 257,644
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile: NP (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

KAREN EHRHARDT makes her picture-book debut with This Jazz Man. She lives in La Honda, California.
R. G. ROTH is a freelance illustrator whose award-winning work has been displayed in New York City. He lives in Hudson, Ohio.

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This Jazz Man 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book runs to the tune of "This Old Man", but features 10 different (famous) Jazz musicians, one for each number. An afterword explains who each musician is meant to be.It's catchy, it's basically educational, and it's fun.
princessofthesea on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Subject Area: Language ArtsGenre: Poetry, BiographyThe author uses a great deal of rhyme, rhythm, alliteration, and style in general in this book. Because every word has a reason for being there and because the words themselves are enjoyable in addition to the story being told, this book qualifies as poetry. In addition, it also is a biography of sorts. There is short biography for each musician in the back of the book. The author describes the musicians' lives and her work is clearly well-researched, thereby making this book an example of biographical genre. (Stars for style.)Age: primary
bmiller06 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Genre: Realistic Fiction/InformationalMedia: CollageAge Appropriateness: PrimaryThis book is a counting book that is a tribute to great influential Jazz Musicians. In the actual narrative part of the book, the musicians names are not mentioned, but at the end they have a short summary of each musicians life and their contribution to music. The book uses a lot of onomatopoeia. This book is a good example of realistic fiction because they are sharing real life. This has actually happened. It is not historical fiction though, because none of the musicians names are included in the narrative.
yarb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ten legends of jazz appropriate "This Old Man..." Includes mini bios for jazz-curious adults.
relientkatie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great picture book in every way - it has great illustrations, it has a nice rhythm to it, and it's very interactive. Kids can help with the numbers, and I like to have them clap along to give me a beat when I read it. I also liked that the author included short biographies of the "jazz men," including their popular songs. It's a good choice for parents who want to introduce their children to jazz music, and I can also see this being a useful resource for music teachers.
Musicmom1221 More than 1 year ago
A jazzy version of "This Old Man", Karen Ehrhardt's and R.G. Roth's book is a terrific addition to my teaching library. All of my students loved the rhythms and scats in the book. It can (and should) be sung, and doing it with keyboard/jazz accompaniment only adds to the fun. The biographical information found in the back is succinct, and the illustrations are "cool jazz".
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'Doodly-doodly-Doot-doot! Toot-Toot!' That's Karen Ehrhardt's delightful take on a Dizzy Gillespie trumpet line, and like the rest of this sparkling first book, every note rings joyous and true. In a somewhat daring move, Ms. Ehrhardt airs out the musty English poem, 'This Old Man,' with jazz-infused lyrics, and distills the essence of nine jazz giants: Louis Armstrong, Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson, Chano Pozo, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Art Blakey, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Charles Mingus. The improvisations in 'This Jazz Man' are authentic and fun--the text is made for reading out loud! Illustrator R. G. Roth complements Ehrhardt's narrative pictures with multi-media illustrations that are playfully retro yet fresh and child-friendly. For the small fry, a cute and playfully elusive mouse plays hide and seek throughout the book. 'This Jazz Man' has an exhilarating finale -- after each man plays (1 through 9), all of the jazz icons appear on stage together: This jazz band, they play ten, We beg them to play again, With an 'Encore, we want more!' Give them all a hand' These jazz men make one great band! 'This Jazz Man' gets it right, rhymes it tight, and entertains with style. It's a natural for school or library audiences, rambunctious group singing, the first efforts of beginning readers, or as a bedtime treat for toddlers. Older students may delve further into the lives and times of the musicians through the rich yet compact bio sketches that follow the poem.In addition, teachers can easily adapt 'This Jazz Man' to language units, numbers and counting, music appreciation, art, solo and group singing. There's an excellent curriculum guide at