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Parents' Choice Awards : Audio : Audio Book
Jazz Fly 2: The Jungle Pachanga

Jazz Fly 2: The Jungle Pachanga

Fall 2010 Audio Book
Ages: 4 & Up
CD Price: $17.95

This catchy audio book set is not merely bilingual but actually trilingual, written in the languages of English, Spanish, and jazz. A lively rhythm is imposed on the text, which comes across especially well in the audio version. A Latin jazz soundtrack, performed by the author himself, enhances the story, and the picture book is highlighted by Karen Hanke's tropical colors. In the story, children follow a troupe of animal musicians through the rainforest, seeing and hearing a host of instruments-congas and claves, maracas and timbales. The endpapers teach simple Spanish phrases, and an interesting author's note, titled "Language, rhythm, color, life!" gives an introduction to the world of Latin jazz. This is a fun and energetic story that will get children up and moving.

Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2010 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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