Deans, Karen Swing Sisters: The Story of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm Holiday House, 2015. $16.95 PICTURE BOOK/NON-FICTION
The story of this musical group starts out in an orphanage in
the early 1900s. It’s a special place called the Piney Woods Country Life
School, it was created to provide a wonderful place for African American
orphans to live. At this school the students learned, worked, and played lots
of swing/big-band music. Eventually it became a career for many of the girls
and they toured by bus sharing their music, in an era that forced them to face prejudice,
racism and sexism.
This would be a great book to add to a collection for a music teacher.
I don’t think a student would check this out on their own, it really needs the
foundation, music clips, and interaction that a teacher can provide. The
illustrations were bright and beautiful and it was a wonderful read!
EL –ADVISABLE Reviewer:
Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.