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Jazz Fly 3: The Caribbean Sea, new this spring! Hardcover book with audio CD and download


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The be-boppin’ fly and his band are back! Now performing on an international cruise ship, they turn French and Spanish words into catchy jazz chants. Termites can’t resist joining in, adding their trumpet, guitar and Afro-Cuban drumming. But when the lovesick Captain Cockroach leaves the helm, the luxury liner veers off course. The band plays Caribbean jazz to quell the panic. But how will the plucky musicians respond after a thunderstorm separates them and casts them adrift?

For the fly’s teeming fans and new readers alike, an extraordinary voyage of language and rhythm awaits.

Critical Acclaim:

“A delightful multimedia showcase. Highly recommended.”  – Midwest Book Review

The Story Begins:

Zappity-zip. A cruising ship.

The tropical sun blazed hot on deck,

so the Jazz Bugs grooved

in the ballroom below.

WA-buh-doo buh DEE,


Damselflies had flitted aboard.

Cockroaches feasted at the smorgasbord.

Insects from all the Caribbean Isles

Traded fancy words as they cruised for miles:

¡Fabuloso! Fantastique!

Bonjour. Cómo te va? Un, deux, trois!



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