Story by Carl Norac Narration by Bebel Gilberto and David Francis Illustrations by Rebecca Dautremer Performances by Carmen Miranda, Duke Ellington, the Mills Brothers, Slim and Sam, Don Redman, Lionel Hampton, Fats Waller, Ella Fitzgerald and Cab Calloway
A little Brazilian cricket named Zaz dreams of singing in New York. After hopping a ride on a woman’s fruit hat that takes her from her homeland to Manhattan, she meets a savvy fly named Buster who brings her to the Swing Café on East 54th Street. Everyone there speaks a common language, called Swing, and Zaz is inspired to take to the stage, sing from the heart, and deliver the performance of a lifetime. The picture book with accompanying CD offers the narration of the story with a stellar compilation of swing era standards along with stunning lavish illustrations.
Dautremer's visual imagination taps the subconscious brilliantly… Norac's writing is equally arresting. PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
STORYBOOK – MUSIC CD 978-2-923163-62-8
Pub Date: 2010
Ages 7 to 9, Grades 2 to 5
Keywords: Jazz / Swing era / Friendship / Courage
Hardcover book (8” x 8”, 52 pages) with CD (60 minutes / Narrated story + 12 songs) $22.95 CDN / $16.95 USD