Summertime

Summertime

by Dubose and Dorothy Heward, George and Ira Gershwin, Mike Wimmer (illustrator) Year Published: 2002
Gershwin's haunting tune, full of nostalgia and a sweet melancholy and now a well-recognized standard of jazz and pop music, is transformed here into a beautiful picture book for parent and child. Wimmer's oil paintings depict an African-American farming family "earlier in this century." Recommended reading level: grades 1-3, though can be read or sung aloud to younger children. (You can also follow along with the words while listening to one of the many recordings of "Summertime"... Mrs. Nowmos's favorite is the Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Armstrong rendition.)