Book Review: Sonny Rollins Plays the Bridge

By Gary Golio; Illustrated by James Ransome

By Amanda Elshahawi, Creator, Enchanted Literacy November 30, 2021

Recommended Ages 4 - 8 years

For New Yorkers it’s always fun to flip through a picture book and see their own city reflected in the illustrations. It’s especially fun when you can do it while learning about a New York-born turned famous performer. In this book, we read the story of Sonny Rollins as a teenager making a name for himself. The music is in his soul, and he is guided by the rhythm wherever he goes. In fact, the illustrations show how a song is lifting all the city, the bridge, train cars, and people. The story is interesting and told in poetic form deserving to be read aloud. The illustrations are stunning and will have adults and children glancing over every part of the page. It’s time to pull out your music player and stream some jazz and then request this book from your local library.  

Amanda is a preschool teacher, mother and avid Central Park picnicker. She values community and is an advocate for families in the foster care system. One day she hopes to publish a children's book of her own. In the meantime, you can follow her Instagram, Enchanted Literacy, which encourages imagination and passion for reading.

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