The Singing Man by Angela Shelf Medearis
Adapted from a West African Folktale

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A couple's 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.

About Angela Shelf Medearis

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Angela Shelf Medearis was born in Virginia. Her family moved often, though, because her father was in the Air Force. She says that at each new place, "I knew there would always be a library, a friendly librarian, and my favorite books there to greet me. It made a new school and new friends much easier to deal with."In grade school, Angela Shelf Medearis's teachers told her that she wrote well. She was thirty years old, however, before she decided to try to earn a living as a writer. She enjoys history, and spends a lot of time researching African-American history for her books. As a bonus, her research often leads to ideas for new books.
Published September 1, 1994 by Holiday House. 1 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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He is reunited with his famine-struck family, sharing his riches with them and the true worth of his trade: ``Yams fill the belly and trade fills the pockets, but music fills the heart.'' Shaffer's (illustrator of Medearis's Come This Far to Freedom) textile-inspired, color-drenched oil paintings...

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Rich oil paintings illustrate this testament to African oral tradition and the value of art;

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