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!
Get ready for some grooving, moving and musical tuning when you share this book with a child.
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.
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.
Sing along in this story that gets kids engaged in learning how to scat.
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.
8 to 10
3 to 7
Started reading with a 7-year-old girl.
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|
|Author||Muriel Harris Weinstein|
|Publisher||Chronicle Books © 2008|
|Illustrators||R. Gregory Christie|