The Portal in the Park by Melle Mel

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Scott is a typical eleven-year-old boy who pulls the reader with him into a world of spiritual awakenings of the body and mind. He accidentally falls through a portal and takes a scary journey into another dimension inhabited by creatures who attempt to destroy his spirit. But then, magical creatures who speak and sing their conversations teach Scott about feelings and emotions and the importance of exercise to build endorphins—the body’s natural stress relievers. Throughout his travels he explores good and evil, and experiences a personal transformation.

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Cricket Casey is a motivator as well as a qualified educator in the field of body-mind fitness. She is a graduated of New York University, with a degree in physical therapy, and she holds a degree in biopsychology from William Paterson University. In private practice she has worked as a physical therapist, personal trainer and life coach. For many years she served as a therapist in the New York City public schools and various private preschools. Casey has produced four fitness videos, which have been distributed nationally and cited in numerous newspapers and magazines including the National Physical Therapy Bulletin and the Wall Street Journal. She also developed a Biofitness Training program for kids to stretch and strengthen proximal core muscles sprouting beautiful posture. Manhattan is her office and the subway is her car. Casey is always seeking out the next opportunity. Everyone associated with this book she encountered on the street, in the subway or in a café. She is a firm believer in team effort and together Melle and Casey make slam dunk talent. “The Portal in the Park” is the first of a multimedia book series for the multitasking generation. She found lady Gaga performing at The Bitter End Café in New York City and hired her to feature with Melle Mel on 2 of the songs. Grandmaster Melle Mel grew up in the Bronx utilizing his creative musical talents and lyrical genius to become successful. Melle Mel. a three-time Grammy winner and one of the pioneers of hip-hop is most noted for his all-time classic song "The Message," to which Rolling Stone magazine gave a rare five-star review. Melle's original style changed music and laid the foundation for what has become an exploding musical culture. He was a contributing author for Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones. An article in the BBC News listed Melle Mel as the single greatest rapper of all time. In March 2007 he was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. He has a physique to match his verbal firepower, a world-class bodybuilder and competes regularly. Melle now has a new "Message" to all the children of the world. You can read 'n' rap along with Grandmaster Melle Mel and the characters as they speak and sing the complete text and seven original inspirational songs of hip-hop and pop. Melle brings lyrical dexterity and his trademark delivery elevating children's records way above the standard, into something with more substance and a positive message. The Portal in the Park is in a league of its own.
Published May 14, 2011 by More Book Press. 132 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships.

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Along with the occasional misspelling and sentence fragment, the prose runs to stunning lines like “…her eyes pop open, staring at the most loathsome and weird-looking creatures with hairy limbs undulating and pulsating above the water’s surface.” The songs, all shoehorned into one of the seven c...

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