Author: Thacher Hurd

Publisher: Harper & Row (pb. Harper & Row Trophy)

Description: When Miles gets a saxophone for his birthday, neither his parents nor his neighborhood can stand the racket! However, when Miles and his Swamp Band receive an invitation to play at the Alligator Ball, no one guesses what's in store for them. LeVar travels deep into the swamps of Louisiana to visit an alligator farm, journeys down the Mississippi in a riverboat, and meets one of New Orleans hottest jazz saxophonists.

Activity Suggestion: Expand your students' musical horizons by playing different kinds of music in class. Let them stand up and move to the sounds. Discuss the characteristics of each type of music.

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