Mr. George Baker Summary: First grader Harry and Mr. George Baker, an African-American jazz drummer, share a special bond revealed through Harry’s descriptive, first-person observations. The biggest connection the two share is that they’re both learning to read.
This is a slow-paced story that easily lends itself to teaching small moments. Though you could also read this book aloud with a social issues lens, the author spends most of the story describing the moments just before going to school. It would be a good mentor text for paying attention to how authors incorporate sound into their writing.