Imani's Music by Sheron Williams

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Every once in awhile, Grandfather would tell a story about the land of Used-to-Be.

This was how his story began: Used to be a time when there was no music on the planet. Only one tiny creature, a grass-hopper named Imani, was blessed with the gift of music.

Imani sang his beautiful songs alone, all the while praying, Please, Ancestors, give music to the world. Answering his prayer, they shook music out of the sky, pouring song on Africa's mountain ranges, on the grasslands, all the way to the shore.

But when Imani is swept onto a slave ship and taken across the ocean, he doesn't know where to turn, and music is his only guide.

Sheron William's rich story of a grass-hopper's special gift -- complemented by Jude Daly's stunning depictions of Africa and the New World, Heaven and Earth -- is a testament to the universal language of music.


About Sheron Williams

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Sheron Williams writes: I was born and raised Sheron Renay Williams during the "putting down and canning" season in Hampton, Virginia. In my life, I have had the privilege to safely drift far from that time and space, searching for uniqueness, adventure, love, and me. People often ask me why I write. I write to experience the power of words, to twist them and turn them and make my readers feel and think. I hope that what is important to me, what I think, what I feel, will remain for others to know.
Published January 1, 2002 by Atheneum. 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In this riveting original tale, Imani, an African grasshopper, first persuades the Ancestors to give the ability to make music to everything on earth, then carries his own special songs on a slave ship to the New World.

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