Jazz Fly 2

The Jungle Pachanga

"Jazz Fly 2" written by Matthew Gollub and illustrated by Karen Hanke was published in 2010 by Tortuga Press.

This read aloud is planned for a kindergarten class. "Jazz Fly 2: The Jungle Pachanga" is a picture book about a fly and his band who use a combination of Spanish and jazz scat to make their way through the jungle to a concert.

"Jazz Fly 2" is an International Book Awards Winner.

This picture book has a unique style that combines English, Spanish, and Jazz Scat. It is full of bright colors and images of jungle animals.

Matthew Gollub has written many books that incorporate a language other than English. He enjoys his books that involve music and sounds that he can put on an audio CD. He does many presentations at reading conferences and fairs. He also visits schools to talk with students and staff.

Procedures for implementing the read aloud and vocabulary presentation

Before reading, I will ask students if any of them know any spanish. Then I will ask them if anyone knows what jazz is. I will then introduce "Jazz Fly 2: The Jungle Pachanga." I will read the book with limited spanish. After the reading, we will listen to Matthew Gollub perform "Jazz Fly 2: The Jungle Pachanga." The last thing students will do is color their jazz fly.


Before Reading

1. Does anyone speak Spanish?

2. Does anyone know what jazz is?

During Reading

3. What kinds of animals do you see?

4. Have you heard of any of those instruments?

After Reading

5. Why would it be good to know more than one language?

Vocabulary Words:

Hola - Hello

Adios - Good-bye

Pachanga - dance party


I chose this book because I wanted to introduce the students to the spanish culture. While some of the students are hispanic, my CT had informed me that they do not relate to the spanish culture.
One strength of the lesson was that the students really enjoyed the jazz sounds so they were paying attention.
Next time, I would have sounds prepared for the different instruments that were featured in the story.
Implementing multicultural children's literature that is culturally and linguistically diverse relative to my elementary students has helped me understand the need for new cultural information in student's lives. They should know that there are other cultures in the world. It has also shown me that students will react differently to the material.