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Title:
Perfect harmony : a musical journey with the Boys Choir of Harlem
Author:
Smith, Charles R.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Jump at the Sun, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
32 pages : color illustrations ; 23 x26cm
Summary:
A collection of poems that capture the feelings and expression of music in some of its forms.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.8 0.5 65480.
ISBN:
9780786826087

9780786807581
Format :
Book

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A collection of poems that capture the feelings and expression of music in some of its forms.


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Inspired by the Boys Choir of Harlem, this book brings to life basic musical concepts, including harmony, tempo, rhythm, tenor and bass in a collection of educational poetry. Full color.


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Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-7. In Rim Shots (1999), Tall Tales (2000), and Short Takes (2000), Smith's poems about basketball used the game's music--its rhythm and beat--to create dynamic poetry. In this collection of poems, illustrated with striking color photos of the Boys Choir of Harlem, Smith focuses even more on the connection between poetry and music. Printed on spare, pastel backgrounds, the selections celebrate music's power while explaining basic terms. The poems vary in style--including haikus that introduce vocal ranges ("buried in the deep / reaches of the belly; bass / booms deep and heavy."); tightly rhymed couplets; and lyrical, free-form rap. Smith shows what music can do ("express rage / drown sorrows") and the thrill of singing, but he also defines musical concepts beautifully: rhythm is "a track / for voices / to glide / slide and / ride / upon." Musical and poetic terms are defined in a glossary in the back, but it's the poems themselves that show the ideas best. Children will be educated as well as energized by these strong, playful poems that may inspire them to find their own sounds in poetry or music. A must-have for teachers. --Gillian Engberg


Publisher's Weekly Review

Poetic Expressions Spirited poetry and vibrant photographs combine in Perfect Harmony: A Musical Journey with the Boys Choir of Harlem by Charles R. Smith Jr. Chapters include "Tempo," "Soprano Haiku" and "B-flat Boogie," and back matter provides a glossary of musical and poetic terms. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-8-Smith tops himself again with this collection of poems about singing. Paired with his movement-filled photos of the Boys Choir of Harlem, the selections inspire readers to "Focus"-"Eyes focus/like/the calm/before the storm/ready to erupt/before I perform-"-or to sing, "It don't/really matter/if your high notes/can make glass shatter/just-/Belt out a tune/bounce to the beat,/make me clap loud/and jump out my seat./Yeah!" He illustrates the layering of harmonizing voices and the effects of rhythm in a tone that speaks naturally, lyrically, and directly to young readers. Smith's color photographs of the chorus members in rehearsal and performance capture the drama, emotion, and energy of singing. The pictures and poems are laid out in pairs against blocks of warm pastel colors that set off the mood of the words and illustrations. The glossary of musical terms at the end is generally helpful, as is the accompanying glossary of poetic terms, though it bears less directly on the text. To enjoy alone or to read to a group, this is a rousing tribute to the poetic and musical voice.-Nina Lindsay, Oakland Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-7. In Rim Shots (1999), Tall Tales (2000), and Short Takes (2000), Smith's poems about basketball used the game's music--its rhythm and beat--to create dynamic poetry. In this collection of poems, illustrated with striking color photos of the Boys Choir of Harlem, Smith focuses even more on the connection between poetry and music. Printed on spare, pastel backgrounds, the selections celebrate music's power while explaining basic terms. The poems vary in style--including haikus that introduce vocal ranges ("buried in the deep / reaches of the belly; bass / booms deep and heavy."); tightly rhymed couplets; and lyrical, free-form rap. Smith shows what music can do ("express rage / drown sorrows") and the thrill of singing, but he also defines musical concepts beautifully: rhythm is "a track / for voices / to glide / slide and / ride / upon." Musical and poetic terms are defined in a glossary in the back, but it's the poems themselves that show the ideas best. Children will be educated as well as energized by these strong, playful poems that may inspire them to find their own sounds in poetry or music. A must-have for teachers. --Gillian Engberg


Publisher's Weekly Review

Poetic Expressions Spirited poetry and vibrant photographs combine in Perfect Harmony: A Musical Journey with the Boys Choir of Harlem by Charles R. Smith Jr. Chapters include "Tempo," "Soprano Haiku" and "B-flat Boogie," and back matter provides a glossary of musical and poetic terms. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-8-Smith tops himself again with this collection of poems about singing. Paired with his movement-filled photos of the Boys Choir of Harlem, the selections inspire readers to "Focus"-"Eyes focus/like/the calm/before the storm/ready to erupt/before I perform-"-or to sing, "It don't/really matter/if your high notes/can make glass shatter/just-/Belt out a tune/bounce to the beat,/make me clap loud/and jump out my seat./Yeah!" He illustrates the layering of harmonizing voices and the effects of rhythm in a tone that speaks naturally, lyrically, and directly to young readers. Smith's color photographs of the chorus members in rehearsal and performance capture the drama, emotion, and energy of singing. The pictures and poems are laid out in pairs against blocks of warm pastel colors that set off the mood of the words and illustrations. The glossary of musical terms at the end is generally helpful, as is the accompanying glossary of poetic terms, though it bears less directly on the text. To enjoy alone or to read to a group, this is a rousing tribute to the poetic and musical voice.-Nina Lindsay, Oakland Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.