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Sweethearts of rhythm : the story of the greatest all-girl swing band in the world / written by Marilyn Nelson ; illustrated by Jerry Pinkney.

By: Nelson, Marilyn, 1946-.
Contributor(s): Pinkney, Jerry [ill.].
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Dial Books, c2009Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 21 x 27 cm.ISBN: 9780803731875 (hbk.); 0803731876 (hbk.).Subject(s): International Sweethearts of Rhythm -- Poetry | International Sweethearts of Rhythm -- Juvenile literature | Women jazz musicians -- United States -- Poetry | Women jazz musicians -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | Big bands -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literatureDDC classification: 781.654 | B Awards: Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2010. | Notable Book for a Global Society award winner, 2010Summary: A look at a 1940's all-female jazz band, that originated from a boarding school in Mississippi and found its way to the most famous ballrooms in the country, offering solace during the hard years of the war.
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"The full-color artwork was prepared using graphite, color pencil, watercolor and collage."--T.p. verso.

A look at a 1940's all-female jazz band, that originated from a boarding school in Mississippi and found its way to the most famous ballrooms in the country, offering solace during the hard years of the war.

Includes bibliographical references.

Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2010.

Notable Book for a Global Society award winner, 2010

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 4 Up-Nelson's syncopated poetry jives perfectly with Pinkney's layered watercolors in this look at the famous all-girl African-American swing band that toured the U.S., breaking attendance records, from 1937 to 1946. Nelson speaks in the voices of the band's instruments, reminiscing about their glory days from the shelves of a New Orleans pawnshop, recalling the excitement of the road and the difficulties of Jim Crow. Her poetry evokes the rich wail of swing music with varied meters, rhyme schemes, and free verse, calling up memories of the Dust Bowl, World War II, rationing, segregation, and music that momentarily lifted its listeners above hardship. Pinkney employs graphite, color pencil, watercolor, and collage in lusciously hued illustrations depicting night clubs, dancers, Victory Gardens, marching soldiers, and musicians in a vibrant volume that will be just as useful in high school history and English classrooms as for upper elementary general reading, not to mention music and art at any level. A chronology of the Sweethearts' history enhances the poetry.-Joyce Adams Burner, National Archives at Kansas City, MO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Marilyn Nelson is a three-time National Book Award Finalist, has won a Newbery Honor, a Printz Honor and several Coretta Scott King Honors, and has received several prestigious poetry awards, including the Poets' Prize and the Robert Frost Medal. She has recently been a judge of poetry applicants at the National Endowment for the Arts and Yaddo, and has received three honorary doctorates.

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