When Louis Armstrong Taught Me Scat

Summary:

Momma has the radio on and is listening to jazz. When she hears Louis Armstrong singing, they both just have to get up and dance. What are those words Momma is singing? It is scat -- musical poetry. That nights, as Sugar is nodding off to sleep, she meets none other than Louis Armstrong himself. Together, they create a bubble gum song ... scat style, of course!


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Get ready for some grooving, moving and musical tuning when you share this book with a child.

Content Awareness Factors:

None!


Little Kid Reaction

It took a couple of times to get through the story from beginning to end, because we had lots of questions. Our daughter wanted to memorize some of the phrases, which made for fun, interactive reading.

Parent Reaction

This is a clever, fun way to introduce kids not only to a music style, but also Louis Armstrong himself. The factual material in the back is a wonderful complement to the story, which brings the music to life. The colorful text, which moves all over the page, adds to the rhythm, too.

Type of Book:
Sing along in this story that gets kids engaged in learning how to scat.
Educational Themes:

The bubble gum song in the story is a great model for how to create scat. It also shows that you can sing about anything, so invite your child to write his own tune. If you're not musical, have fun just making up words and stringing them along. Thanks to the Internet and online video, you can probably find someone performing a Louis Armstrong song and truly bring the book to life. The details about Armstrong's life and scat in the back are great places to start learning music history.

Reading Level:
3.7
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 to 10
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 7
Age of child:
Started reading with a 7-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. This colorful picture book is fun to read ... and you're likely to read it a couple of times.

Title When Louis Armstrong Taught Me Scat
About
Author Muriel Harris Weinstein
Publisher Chronicle Books © 2008
Illustrators R. Gregory Christie
ISBN 9780811851312
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.99
Genres Music
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