Music and rhyme fill the air in this tribute to the New Orleans sound

Summary:

In every corner of the world, for as long as man has been on earth, there has always been music. Nowhere is the music better than in New Orleans, Louisianna. The best bands would make their way there, and Bobcat Bob and his Bourbon Street Band are no exception. Bob is on the drums, supported by an ensemble that includes an alligator (on standup bass), some raccoons, a frog, and several species of birds. People came from all around to hear them play. They would sing and clap and dance. Then, one night. It stopped. Darkness and dull took over the city ... until, at the other end of Bourbon Street, someone heard the tap of a drum. Was that music? Who was bringing it back? 


Parent Perspective:
The rhyme and cadence are spectacular. Kids will love the pace and the opportunity to make the sounds of some of the instruments. There is a definite New Orleans feel to the story. What perplexes me, though, is why the music stopped. Neither the story nor notes from the author set any context for why everything suddenly shifts. And it is a big, obvious shift. Had I been reading this with my daughter at a younger age, she would most certainly want to know what happened. Parents may want to pre-read this and get a sense of how they want to answer that question.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

With great rhyme you will scat your way through New Orleans with Bobcat Bob and his Bourbon Street Band. Fun illustrations and insets that give the story a nonfiction picture book add to the musical tale by helping create a sense of place. 

Content Awareness Factors:

None!


Type of Book:
This rhyming picture book celebrates the musical style of New Orleans.
Educational Themes:

Head to the library or YouTube to find examples of different types of New Orleans-styled music. For kids who dont' know some of the instruments (like spoons) it should be easy to find videos that feature them. With kids in elementary school, you can talk more about the history of New Orleans and its cultural traditions of parades and celebrations. 

Reading Level:
unknown
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 9
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. Especially if you love rhyming books with a musical beat.

Title The Bourbon Street Band is Back
Author Ed Shankman
Publisher Commonwealth Editions © 2011
Illustrators Dave O'Neill
ISBN 9781933212791
Material Hard Cover
Cost $14.95
Genres Animal Character, Music, Rhyme, Geography
Other Reviews:

More Reviews

Here are some other books we have reviewed that you may like!

BOOK REVIEW

Author
Ed Shankman
Publisher
Two Kids Productions © 2002
ISBN
061512092X

BOOK REVIEW

Author
Muriel Harris Weinstein
Publisher
Chronicle Books © 2008
ISBN
9780811851312

BOOK REVIEW

Author
Ed Shankman
Publisher
Commonwealth Editions © 2008
ISBN
9781933212777

BOOK REVIEW

Author
Eric Litwin
ISBN
9780061906220