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Rockwell, Ann F.
New York : Carolrhoda Books, 2013
IL 3-6, RL 5.6
ISBN  0761355650

(2 booktalks)
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Booktalk #1

If some old, beat-up instruments were given to a group of orphans, what would you expect to hear?  Beautiful music?  Crazy, loud sounds?  In the early 1900ís, the Reverend Daniel Jenkins did just this in Charleston, South Carolina!  Wanting to find a way to help his group of orphans, Reverend Jenkins organized the children into a band with old Citadel uniforms and beat-up instruments, some from the Civil War.  A new, fast-paced sound and unique dance movements resulted. The band was soon playing throughout the United States and Europe.  In fact, during the 1920ís the Jenkins Orphanage was the place for Charleston musicians to meet and play together!  Learn more about the fascinating history of this amazing group of musicians when you read Hey Charleston!: The True Story of the Jenkins Orphanage Band by Ann Rockwell!  (Prepared by:  Karen Zimmerman, St. John Neumann Catholic School,
South Carolina Children's Books Award Nominee, 2016)

Booktalk #2

Reverend Daniel Joseph Jenkins was first a hero to the children for whom he created an orphanage and then for the nation and world. He began to take in children to live in his church as a kindness but soon found that his South Carolina community had a greater need for his services. He founded an orphanage and taught the children to play music thanks to donations of old war instruments. This music soon came to be known as ragtime and inspired the Charleston dance before popularity spread it to an international scale. (Booktalk by Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Committee, 2016)

SUBJECTS:     African American musicians.
                        Charleston (S.C.)
                        Jenkins' Orphanage Band.
                        Picture books for children.

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