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Review of <i>Sweethearts of Rhythm: The Story of the Greatest All-Girl Swing Band in the World</i> by Marilyn Nelson

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Review of Sweethearts of Rhythm: The Story of the Greatest All-Girl Swing Band in the World by Marilyn Nelson

ISBN

9780803731875

Publication Date

2009

Publisher

Dial Books

City

New York

Disciplines

Library and Information Science | Modern Literature

Keywords

Children's literature, reviews

Review

Sweethearts of Rhythm tells the story of The International Sweethearts of Rhythm, the “first integrated all-women swing band in the world” (p. 71) However, this is not your typical narrative; rather, Nelson has written poetry about the time and the band from the perspective of instruments sitting in a pawn shop. Each instrument tells a story about who their musician was, and describes the time – race relations and WW2 are the main themes of Sweethearts of Rhythm. The subject in and of itself is unique for a children’s book, and the multiple perspectives told through poems is also distinctive. The illustrations follow the poems, and are colorful and drawn like collages, pieced together to form a picture of a whole. Each picture offers a story on its own, a chance to peer into the past. Although the ages recommended are 9 to 12, it could be used as a resource through middle school, as some of the poetry might be a little dense or difficult to explain to a younger child. However, for older children, this book is an invaluable resource of well-written poetry about a crucial time and a crucial subject. Highly Recommended. Stacie Schmidt, Centennial Library Intern.

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