Jazz Baby

jazz-baby.jpgAnd in the same toe-tappin’, rhymin’, rappin’ vein, you’ll want to try Lisa Wheeler’s Jazz Baby (Harcourt, $16). “Brother’s hands tap.  Sister’s hands snap. Itty-bitty Baby’s hands clap-clap-clap.”  From the very first spread, kids will be caught up in the rockin’ and rollin’ rhythm and rhyme of Wheeler’s bouncy beat about babies who just gotta groove.  R. Gregory Christie has created a family of songsters who whirl and twirl that baby and raise him up in the wonderful ways of jazz.  Goodness, the whole neighborhood gets in on the act.  Wheeler has created a text that can be learned kinetically, so that kids who have trouble staying in their seats can be the stars for once. 

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