For ages 7-9, this is a great recounting of the story of jazz. The rhyming verse carries the story from ancient Africa to present-day America. The illustrations are in a style that will appeal to younger readers, and the layout of the text beneath the illustrations is very accessible. The music content holds lots of possibilities for arts integration. Some of the specific music items mentioned include drums, kalimba, banjo, guitar, cakewalks, ragtime, the drinking gourd, blues, gospel, as well as Satchmo, Harlem, Duke,and Birdland. A book that is a gateway to further explorations of jazz.