Dancing the Ring Shout! by Kim L. Siegelson

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It is the last day of the harvest, and everyone at Appling Farm is preparing for the ring shout-a celebration filled with dance, song, and praise shouted out to God for the year's blessings. Everyone in Toby's family will play an instrument that speaks from their hearts directly to God's ears. Toby is finally old enough to join them in the event, but what will he bring? Sticks? A cowbell? Horse brushes? It's hard to decide, for it must feel right. And Toby's got to hurry-the ring shout starts tonight! Dancing the Ring Shout! is the first picture book honoring the longstanding ring shout tradition from west Africa and the American South. Heartfelt and beautifully told in a rainbow of colors that swirl like magic, this story is one to cherish all the year round.
 

About Kim L. Siegelson

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Kim Siegelson, a native of Georgia, was the first recipient of the Center for Multicultural Children's Literature Writing Award. Her most recent books won the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration and In the Time of the Drums was also selected as a Chicago Public Library Best of the Best of 1999. Additionally, Ms. Siegelson is the author of the new children's book, Honey Bea, due in Fall 2003. Lisa Cohen is a self-taught artist who was born in Cape Town, South Africa. She moved to the United States in the early 1980s, eager to embrace freedom of expression. She paints and lives in New Orleans with her family.
 
Published September 1, 2003 by Jump At The Sun. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Each family member brings something to play at the annual harvest celebration that “speaks from his own heart straight to God’s ears.” Sister Pearl brings a dry gourd because the sound of the seeds reminds her of cornstalks rattling in the wind and she is “happy for the wind on hot days.” Toby, w...

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The baffled boy queries members of his family and learns what they are bringing (his grandfather takes a cane to pound on the ground, his father brings a hoop drum, etc.) and how its sound correlates to a specific gift from nature (e.g., the sound of the cane emulates the "hooves of our plow mule...

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