Blue and Red Make Purple by Jennifer GasoiFall 2016 Audio Book
Grammy Award-winning children's artist Jennifer Gasoi, who wrote and arranged each lively track on the album, takes listeners through a tour-de-force sampler of musical styles-gospel, swing, roots, jazz, klezmer, Cajun, bluegrass, calypso, doo-wop folk, the blues. Gasoi, a multi-instrumentalist, leads the tracks with her clear and expressive soprano. Illustrator Steve Adams replicates the book's musical journey theme with a traveling menagerie of animal characters (primarily, a bear, a cow, a monkey, and a toad) on the move from song to song. The last track, "Purple Man," is a clever genre-bending mix of tango, cha-cha, polka, waltz, square dancing, klezmer, and more. The end-of-book listening guide information is given a light touch, offering background on each song and musical style, suggesting related activities, and posing questions for children to answer as they listen (an answer section follows).