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delightful and educational
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0
WELCOME TO JAZZ is a truly delightful and entertaining children's book. The book teaches about jazz in terms of history, components, features, and instruments. This is done with plenty of colors, simple language, and three cats who are learning about jazz with the children, to make it incredibly approachable.

The book also has a sound feature, which can be turned on and off via a switch on the back. This includes the overall jazz song of "When the Saints Go Marching In" plus various instrumental parts (banjo, drums, trumpet, trombone, clarinet, double bass, and tuba) and special jazz features such as improvisation, scatting, and call-and-response.

What I loved: Even as an adult, there is a lot to learn from this book, which teaches in an easily accessible and approachable way. There's a lot of information here, and the flow is really perfect, teaching about the pieces/components of jazz in a way that makes logical sense. The bright, colorful images and artistic word designs add to the fun of this book. The cats are also really fun, especially for younger children, who will enjoy reading their dialogue (which is funny at times).

The music is the biggest draw and really adds a lot to learning. It is so much easier to understand when children can also hear what the book is describing. The panels can be pushed on the numbers, and children will learn this quickly such that even toddlers can explore the buttons by themselves and learn what the different instruments sound like.

Final verdict: Educational and entertaining, WELCOME TO JAZZ is a delightful book that can be enjoyed by children of a variety of ages. Older children will grasp more of the text, while younger children can enjoy the cats, brightly colored images, and delightful sounds. Be prepared to sing "When the Saints Go Marching In" as it is certain to get stuck in your head- a truly fun song! Overall, I would highly recommend this book for a wide variety of ages, for its great potential and execution.
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