Author/Illustrator: Rachel Isadora
Publication Year: 1979
Brief Summary: Ben dreams of playing jazz, and gets some help from a neighborhood musician.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:
Randolph Caldecott Medal, 1980′ ‘ Honor Book’ ” ‘ United States’ ” ‘
Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:
- music: borrow a trumpet from music room and show it to kids (or have a “field trip” to music room and show different instruments mentioned in the book — piano, saxophone, drums, trumpet); listen to a cd of jazz music
- Art: discuss art deco style
Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.
Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library