Stompin' at the Savoy

by Campbell, Bebe Moore, 1950-2006.

Format: Print Book 2006
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
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CLP - East Liberty Children's Picture Books qj Fic Campbell
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Picture Books qj Fic Campbell
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CLP - Squirrel Hill Children's Picture Books qj Fic Campbell
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Hampton Community Library Juvenile Picture Book GENERAL JPIC CAMPBELL
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Summary
In his picture book debut, renowned watercolorist Yarde offers jazzy images that will dance right into your heart (Eric Carle). Full color.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 2-4. Nervous about her jazz recital dance, Mindy follows a magical talking drum to the Savoy Ballroom in 1920s Harlem, where she moves her happy feet to the loud, joyful music of the legendary bands, and joins the dancers shaking and stomping, swinging and strutting. Young readers won't recognize the famous jazz names (from Chick Webb to Benny Goodman), but Campbell, who is best known for her adult books, and renowned watercolorist Yarde create an exuberant sense of the legendary ballroom with the great artists in music and dance who give the child the strength to join in (She felt as if her body was a drumbeat ). The watercolors, with sharply etched white outlines and shapes, express the magical realism and rhythms of the shimmying dancers and musicians lit up in the night. Mindy's return home becomes just as magical when her three great-aunts inspire her with their own dance moves. --Hazel Rochman Copyright 2006 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Mindy is scared about performing at her jazz dance recital, despite the encouraging words of her three great aunties: "Whatever happens, just keep dancing." Unconvinced, Mindy shuts herself in her bedroom, until a talking drum appears at her window and leads her to the "Home of Happy Feet"-"way beneath the sidewalk" and back in time to the Savoy Ballroom, the legendary integrated Harlem dancehall. There she sees energetic dancers doing the lindy hop to the swing music of jazz greats Chick Webb and Benny Goodman. Mindy is so thrilled that she finds the courage to perform her own jazz dance for an appreciative Savoy audience. After she suddenly finds herself back in her room, she tells her aunties that she's "ready and not afraid"-although her aunties now bear a striking resemblance to the Savoy dancers. Fine artist Yarde, making his children's book debut, uses an innovative watercolor style, creating patchwork squares for both the muted backgrounds and the dancers' brightly colored clothes; his approach helps to bridge the connection between past and present cultural traditions. Foregrounding the characters in this way will likely capture readers' attention and may well lead the way to a discussion about music, dance and other cultural issues. But the lack of close-ups throughout much of the book inhibits any sense of real connection with the characters, and the wordiness of the text may put off some readers. Ages 5-up. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Jazz dance -- Juvenile fiction.
Dance recitals -- Juvenile fiction.
Dance -- Juvenile fiction.
African Americans -- Juvenile fiction.
Jazz dance -- Fiction.
Dance recitals -- Fiction.
Dance -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile fiction.
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Philomel Books,2006
Contributors Yarde, Richard, 1939-
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN 9780399241970
0399241973
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