Title: The Deaf Musicians

Reference: Seeger, P., Jacobs, P. D., & Christie, R. G. (2006). The Deaf Musicians. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons.

Brief Annotation: This book is about a deaf musician who could not play music with a hearing band. He went into a school for people who are deaf and saw sign language, and the way it reminded him of Jazz music in the way it moved. He finds his way to communicate with others who are deaf as well, he learns to play the music with friends who can understand him.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: 3

Readers who might like this: Children who are interested in people who are deaf or know sign language. This is also good for parents, teachers, or students learning about deaf culture, and communication in the deaf community. It teaches about sign language, and communication and belonging.

Rating/Response: I give this book a 4 out of 4. It is well written, and gives an inside look into sign language, and struggles of musicians who are deaf trying to play with people who are hearing. The illustrations, and ways that sounds of Jazz music are described in this book are also extremely interesting and engage the reader in the book.

Text Dependent Question: What is one word that was used to define a musical sound made?