In this awaited sequel to The Jazz Fly, Matthew introduces Spanish words and Latin jazz. In fact, he introduces forty zippy Spanish phrases to thoroughly entertain children of all backgrounds. The first Spanish word is “pachanga” which is like a fiesta only with more music, more energy, and more dancing till all hours! Matthew’s MUST-HEAR CD features the same instrumentation as the first Jazz Fly, with the addition of master Latin percussionist John Santos. Follow the Jazz Bugs deep into the rain forest, decipher the spoken words of exotic fauna—but watch out for the dangers that lurk around the termite nest. Like the Fly, and the author himself, you’ll be glad you learned to speak a second language!
Awards and Distinctions:
Foreword Reviews Best Books of the Year, Gold Award Winner
Best Books 2010 Winner, USA Book News
International Book Awards Winner
Parents’ Choice Award
Moonbeam Children’s Book Gold Medal
“The cross-cultural interplay of scat and Latin rhythms wins. ¡Qué bueno!”
“Nicely enhanced by the bouncing narration and Latin rhythms on the accompanying CD.”
“[Gollub] gives educators useful information and ideas.”
—School Library Journal
The Story Begins:
A tropical tour.
The Fly drove his band, nicely dressed,
on their way to playin’ music in a termite nest.
But the limousine sputtered, the gas ran dry,
so the Fly popped the hood
and started clangin’ with a wrench…
More Reasons Why Kids, Parents, Teachers and Librarians Love Jazz Fly 2:
Jungle / rain forest theme (1st grade unit)
Mesmerizing musical narration on audio CD
Introduces Latin jazz and percussion
Bilingual appeal (40 Spanish words interspersed)
Detailed Author’s Note about language and creativity