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Sweethearts of Rhythm by Marilyn Nelson and Jerry Pinkney
Marilyn Nelson is the poet and Jerry Pinkney is the artist. The book is meant for children grade four or higher, and maybe that was my problem.
The book follows The Sweethearts of Rhythm during the second world war, in poetry. Each poem's title was the name of a swing tune and the poems were from the viewpoint of the instrument played. The art looked layered and collaged, and I found out in the artist's note at the end that that was how it was done, but it didn't do much for me.
There is a history at the back, including a picture, that actually tells you more about what happened to the girls during that time and more about the history. I think even fourth-graders would probably like that part first and then the poems and art.
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