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review Swing Sisters 103 ´ In 1909 Dr Laurence Clifton Jones opened a special home for African American orphans in Mississippi called Piney Woods Country Life School There students worked hard on their studies and no one worked harder than the young musicians who played in the Sweethearts the schools all girl swing band Their music had rhythms and melodies that got In 1909 Dr Laurence Clifton Jones opened a special home for African American orphans in Mississippi called Piney Woods Country Life School There students worked hard on their studies and no one worked harder than the young musicians who played in the Swee. It's Women's History Month and this year's theme is Weaving the Stories of Women's Lives so I thought I would begin the month with a new picture book for older readers that introduces them to the remarkable International Sweethearts of RhythmShortly after I began this blog I reviewed a wonderful middle grade book by Marilyn Nelson called Sweethearts of Rhythm The Story of the Greatest All Girl Swing Band in the World But where Nelson's book covers the kind of music and the places where the Sweethearts played Swing Sisters begins at the beginning In 1909 near Jackson Mississippi a schoolorphanage called Piney Woods Country Life School was started by Dr Laurence Clifton Jones for African American girlsThe girls were educated housed clothed and fed and in return they all did chores to help keep things running smoothly and well In 1939 Dr Jones started a band that he called the Sweethearts with some musically talented girls to help raise money for the school The music they played was called swing or big band music by either name it was Jazz and people couldn't get enough of it Dean describes how the girls stayed together after leaving Piney Woods hoping to make a living as musicians They would live sleep eat and play music traveling around from gig to gig in a bus they called Big Bertha Band members came and went and before long the band was no longer made up of only African American women but included many races and nationalities As a result they decided to call themselves the International Sweethearts of Rhythm But while the band hit the big time they still didn't get paid as much as their male counterparts nor were they taken as seriously no matter how good they were Not only that Dean points out but in the Jim Crow south because they were interracial now traveling and performing became risky and she includes some of those scary dangerous incidents they facedIn 1945 as World War II was winding down the Sweethearts found themselves on a USO tour thanks to a letter writing campaign by African American soldiers But sadly the Sweethearts disbanded after the war and the members went their separate waysDean does an excellent job of introducing the Sweethearts to her young readers and the difficulties an all women's interracial band faced back in the 1940s balancing it with positive events and the strong bonds of friendship among all the membersCepeda's colorful acrylic and oil painted illustrations match the energy of the music the Sweethearts played with a bright rainbow palette of greens pinks purples yellows blues and orangeSo many wonderful books are coming out now introducing young readers to some of the greatest artists and musicians of the 20th century and this book is such a welcome addition This book is recommended for readers age 7This book was bought for my personal libraryThis review was originally posted on The Children's War

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Thearts the schools all girl swing band Their music had rhythms and melodies that got people dancing When the Sweethearts left Piney Woods they moved to Washington DC to try to make it to the big time It wasnt always easy and it wasnt always safe but the. Dr Laurence Clifton Jones began a school for orphans in 1909 near Jackson Mississippi The orphanage was called the Piney Woods Country Life School Dr Jones was a music lover and wanted the children to love music too In 1939 he began a school band that was solely for girls and called this band The Sweethearts The girls played music called swing which was just the rhythm to make people get on their feet and dance the Sweethearts traveled the country with a full band consisting of sections of brass woodwinds rhythm along with a singer and a conductor as well as a music coach the group generated excitement by playing their Swing music in churches and schools Eventually moving to Washinton DC they lived together hoping to be full time musicians They hired a full time chaperone who traveled with them to make sure there were safe places for the women to eat and sleep They traveled on an old bus which they named Big Bertha The group members were mostly black but they accepted women of other races and nationalities as long as they could play Eventually they became the International Sweethearts of Rhythm and finally made it to the Big Tune even traveling overseas to entertain troops At one time white women were members of the band but hid their race with dark makeup The Sweethearts eventually disbanded and married and raised families of their own but they changed the world musically

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Swing SistersTalented Sweethearts of Rhythm ultimately became an international sensation Joe Cepedas exuberant illustrations celebrate these brave musicians who chipped away at racist and sexist barriers and whose music reminded audiences how great it feels to be aliv. This is an easy to read story about the International Sweethearts of Rhythm a swing band started at the Piney Woods School for orphans Swing Sisters is a nice introduction to the musical genre of swing and the role that women played in spreading this genre throughout the US and the world