The First Music

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-09-05
  • Publisher: August House
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When the animals all get together in the jungle, they discover that the noise that they have been making is indeed music. Dylan Pritchett, the incoming president of the National Association of Black Storytellers weaves a tale that helps us discover that we all have music inside just waiting to come out.

Author Biography

Dylan Pritchett Bio:

Dylan Pritchett shares his folktales with thousands of children and adults throughout the country in more than 200 performances a year. Dylan is inspired by cultural folktales with a positive message that cross cultural boundaries. Through his writing, he hopes to encourage and bring joy to people of all ages, from all walks of life. As the past president of the National Association of Black Storytellers, Dylan is dedicated to passing on the rich African oral tradition of storytelling. In addition to live performances, Dylan has provided narration and served as a performer and consultant for a number of historic broadcast documentaries, including the recent PBS program, “View from the Mountaintop,” the Thomas Jefferson biography. Dylan is one of a handful of artists selected to participate in the John F. Kennedy Center's Performing Arts Partners in Education touring program. He has been working with the Kennedy Center for many years, performing and leading workshops for teachers to teach them on how to use the power of storytelling in their classrooms. In addition to working with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Consortium in Columbia, South Carolina, Dylan has created a five-week course that teaches middle school students how to write and present stories of women and children — black and white — who lived during the Civil War era. Students are led step-by-step through the creative process using primary and secondary documents from Dylan's research in Kansas, Mississippi, and Kentucky. This sought-after course is a huge success in hundreds of schools across the country, as a vibrant, meaningful way to learn about our nation's history.

Erin Banks Bio:

Native to upstate New York, Erin Bennett Banks is a nationally published illustrator whose children's books have gained wide recognition. She holds an MFA in illustration from Savannah College of Art and Design, and a BA in studio art from Houghton College. Banks has illustrated children's books for Candlewick Press, August House, and Carol Rhoda Books/Lerner, earning recognition as one of the New York Times' Best Children's Books, honored by the National Parenting Publications Awards and reviewed in Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, The Washington Post and Parents Magazine. Additional clients include the Harvard Business Review and The Weekly Reader, as well as retail vendors JCPenney and Bed, Bath & Beyond. Banks lives in Charleston, SC with her husband, illustrator Timothy Banks, and their two precocious pugs, Fiona and Grace.

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