Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Sweethearts of Rhythm: The Story of the Greatest All-Girl Swing Band in the World by Marilyn Nelson
Told through poetry, readers learn about the International Sweethearts of Rhythm girl swing band and the struggles they faced as the first integrated girl band during an era where segregation and Jim Crow laws were rampant.
A beautifully illustrated, well-researched informational book. The poems are heartwarming and inspirational. The text has a catchy tune and the information is presented in a way that readers can enjoy. Readers who like non-fiction, band books, and inspiring true stories will enjoy reading this book. EL (4-6)/MS. ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Kira M, Youth Services Librarian, HUN Public Library