Solomon's Adventures: An American Tale (Book/CD Set)

 
9781450757805: Solomon's Adventures: An American Tale (Book/CD Set)
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Solomon's Adventures is a book/CD set. As the reader reads, the story is narrated, acted and sung on an accompanying CD. Solomon's Adventures is fable for the young and the young at heart. It's truly an American tale about the problems a boy encounters growing up in the inner city. It's also a universal story all too familiar to parents--of kids wanting to grow up much too fast. More than a book, Solomon's Adventures is a mixed media achievement. It's a book and CD combo that allows the reader to follow and sing along as the story is narrated, sung, and acted out on CD. Engaging for kids, but fun for adults too! Children and adults alike will enjoy the musical blend of hip hop, jazz, and rhythm and blues woven throughout the story by a variety of talented actors, singers, and musicians. Solomon's Adventures is a learning tool for parents and teachers. Associating words with music enables students to incorporate vocabulary quickly, thereby enhancing reading and memory skills. Parents and teachers can also open a dialog with students, asking the question, What would you do in Solomon's situation?

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About the Author:

Michael B. White grew up in a neighborhood very much like Solomon's, so it's no surprise that he brings a gritty knowledge to his writings. After finishing high school, Michael traveled through the old South during the Martin Luther King era and witnessed the transformation of America. He also witnessed the transformation of the inner cities from working class neighborhoods to the crime-ridden streets we see today. Raising children in America is by no means an easy task, but he saw how much more difficult it can be to raise a child in the inner city. With this in mind, he consulted with other talented parents, musicians and artists to put together a book that would reflect the problems families face every day and the valiant struggle they wage to see that their children get a piece of the American pie. His idea was to create a lively and fun reading tool that was more than the printed page, but that also engaged the senses of both sight and sound. Hence, Solomon's Adventures . . .

Review:

The Solomon book . . . , which seeks to promote good reading habits in inner city children, . . . tells its story through striking illustrations, contemporary language, and music. It is also recorded on an accompanying CD, narrated by WBLS radio personality, Vaughn Harper. --Darren Shaw, Local Talk, East Orange/Newark, NJ

What kid hasn't dreamed of going to a New York City club and demonstrating his style. A club, that's where the action is. That's Solomon's dream, but the young cat's not old enough to drive, let alone get in. Solomon's Adventures is a children's fable on the urban tip, but don't expect the same old ghetto cliches. --Chris Jordan, Home News Tribune

What kid hasn't dreamed of going to a New York City club and demonstrating his style. A club, that's where the action is. That's Solomon's dream, but the young cat's not old enough to drive, let alone get in. Solomon's Adventures is a children's fable on the urban tip, but don't expect the same old ghetto cliches. --Chris Jordan, Home News Tribune

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