Friday, February 19, 2010
Poetry Friday - Blues Journey
Blues Journey opens with an introduction on the origins of the blues, describing how the art form is rooted in two traditions in African music with the “call and response” style of the lyrics and the pentatonic (five tone) musical scale. The brief description on the evolution of blues is a fascinating background to share with young readers before they read the poetry. A helpful “Blues Glossary” on the final page helps readers understand terms such as “crossroads” and “feather pillow”.
Teachers might be interested in sharing this book with their students in English and Music classes or for Black History Month celebrations.
If you find this book at your library or bookstore, there's a chance you'll have a crowd of people encircling you if find yourself breaking into song.
by Walter Dean Myers
illustrated by Christopher Myers
Holiday House March 2003
Irene Latham is hosting Poetry Friday today.