Dancing the Ring Shout!

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It is the last day of the harvest, and everyone at Appling Farm is preparing for the ring shout-a celebration filled with dance, song, and praise shouted out to God for the year's blessings. Everyone in Toby's family will play an instrument that speaks from their hearts directly to God's ears. Toby is finally old enough to join them in the event, but what will he bring? Sticks? A cowbell? Horse brushes? It's hard to decide, for it must feel right. And Toby's got to hurry-the ring shout starts tonight! Dancing the Ring Shout! is the first picture book honoring the longstanding ring shout tradition from west Africa and the American South. Heartfelt and beautifully told in a rainbow of colors that swirl like magic, this story is one to cherish all the year round.

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Kim L. Siegelson, a native of Georgia, was the first recipient of the Center for Multicultural Children's Literature Writing Award. Her most recent book, In the Time of the Drums, won the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her family.

Lisa Cohen, a self-taught artist, has received wide acclaim for her illustration work. Her most recent book, The Blues Singers, written by Julius Lester, was named both a School Library Journal and LA Times Best Book of 2001. She lives with her family in New Orleans.

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Kindergarten-Grade 3-It is the last day of harvest at the Appling Farm, and there is soon to be a celebration, or "ring shout," to rejoice in the year's blessings. According to Grand, everyone will be bringing something that speaks, "from your heart straight to the ears of God." Grand is bringing his cane because, "When I pound it on the ground, it sounds like the hooves of our plow mule that breaks dirt open in spring. I give praise for our mule." Pap, Mam, and Pearl are all taking things for their own special reasons. Toby is troubled. He is now old enough to join in the festivities, but he doesn't know what to contribute. Cohen's use of complementary colors over full spreads results in illustrations that are vibrant and eye-catching. Siegelson is to be commended for introducing children to this African-American tradition, but the story is less than compelling and some readers and listeners may lose interest before the end of the book. In the author's note (but not evidenced in the story), Siegelson comments that a ring shout incorporates a call-and-response style. While not a first purchase, the book will serve libraries looking for material on this tradition or celebrations that incorporate that idea of gratitude or praise.
Mary N. Oluonye, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
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