Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Little Piano Girl – A Book Review

(Disclaimer: I am reviewing this book for The Picnic Basket and I am not being paid for this review. Here is the review that I posted on The Picnic Basket.)THE LITTLE PIANO GIRL

I just finished reading The Little Piano Girl:The Story of Mary Lou Williams, Jazz Legend by Ann Ingalls and Maryann Macdonald • illustrations by Giselle Potter. On a scale of 1 to 5, I definitely give this book a 5. This is a wonderful picture book for children of all ages. The story and the illustrations were excellent.

This book tells the story about Mary Lou Williams. Before this book, I had never heard of her but it made me want to learn more about her. Her story was fascinating.

I can see this book being used in an elementary school classroom. Topics that can be introduced or enriched are reading, vocabulary, art, geography, music, diversity, and history. Pittsburgh and the steel industry could become a lesson. War time and feminism is touched upon and could be discussed further.

Posted on the Successful Teaching Blog by loonyhiker (successfulteaching at gmail dot com).


Bruce said...

Looks like a good book for children. What are your thoughts about using these books for high school students as prompts for writing? Maybe even use this as a diferentiation tool for a different learning style.

loonyhiker said...

@Bruce I think it would be great for writing prompts. I have used picture books many times for my high school students. I love the thought of using it for different learning styles! Thanks for the suggestion.