The Singing Man: Adapted from a West African Folktale

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Holiday House, Incorporated, 1995 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 32 pages
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A couples youngest son is forced to leave his west African village because he chooses music over the more practical occupations of his brothers, but years later he returns to show the wisdom of his choice.

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The Singing Man is a folktale from West Africa that tells a story of a man that had to journey off on his own in order to follow his dream of becoming a musician. This traditional story teaches readers the importance of making your own choices and following your heart. My favorite aspect of the book was that the author uses West African terms and names throughout the story and at the end explains both the word meanings and also the proper annunciation of each. This is important because It serves as a reference for teachers and will help teachers answer questions students may have. The author also uses oil painted pictures throughout the book and this makes all of the people in the book look very realistic. This detail within the pictures helps to give the book a more authentic feel and will help in engaging older elementary students. 

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Angela Shelf Medearis, "The Kitchen Diva," is a chef, cookbook author, a regular guest chef on "The Dr. Oz Show" and the "Today" show, and a celebrity-chef judge for cooking competitions. Medearis owns Diva Productions, Inc., and is executive producer of "The Kitchen Diva!" cooking show for PBS/ She presents inspirational and motivational speeches and workshops entitled "Feed the Body/Feed the Soul" at conferences around the United States based on her book "Ten Ingredients for a Joyous Life and a Peaceful Home". She humorously encourages her audience members to take care of their health from the inside out. "The Kitchen Diva!" column is distributed to 1,300 Hearst/King Features newspapers with one million readers in the United States and Canada. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her family.

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