Thursday, February 12, 2009
Mama Don't Allow
Hurd, Thacher. 1984. Mama Don't Allow.
If you're like me, this one will bring back a particular memory: Reading Rainbow. Mama Don't Allow is just one of many titles that I was introduced to on the children's program Reading Rainbow. When I was first inspired to have a jazz week, I knew I'd have to track down a copy of this book. And I was pleased to see there is a 25th Anniversary edition of the book available from HarperCollins! I hadn't realized it'd gotten that old. (Not how I didn't say I'd gotten that old.)
This book is about a little boy, Miles, who loves to play his saxophone. Only one problem: his mother doesn't like to hear him play his music. And she's not alone. It seems that almost everyone wants him to take his music somewhere else, someplace else, far, far away. Where does a boy have to go to be appreciated? If you're Miles, then you'll have to trek your way down to the swamp. Miles and his swamp band are a BIG hit. And I bet that you can guess WHO wants them to spend lots of time in the swamp--making music. The alligators. They love his music--his loud and jazzy music. But is there an ulterior motive?
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