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).