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Julie’s Greenroom

What happens when you put Julie Andrews, Giullian Yao Gioiello, five kids (really Henson puppets), a dog, and a duck (more puppets) into a room? You get Julie’s Greenroom, a new series debuting on Netflix this Friday, March 17th. The series is the brainchild of Ms. Andrews, her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton and others, and…

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From the Top — Young Musicians, Take Note!

Again this week, I have a link to share with you, rather than a book. This time, it’s a feast for your ears. And we’re turning from the hip-hop, rap and South American music that I featured last month, and focusing on classical music this time. A friend alerted me to this NPR program (the…

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Hip-Hop … Shakespeare?

Last week, when I posted about Kwame Alexander’s verse novel The Crossover, I suggested that the rhythms of the novel were often like rap or hip-hop. Today, we’re looking at more hip-hop. This time, Shakespeare as hip-hop. Shakespeare? Yep. You read that right. Shakespeare in Action, an acting company in Ontario, Canada, has as its…

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International Dot Day — KidLitTV interviews Peter H. Reynolds

Welcome back, Creative Ones! We’re starting another year of The Starborn Revue with a celebration of International Dot Day, which was inspired by author/illustrator Peter H. Reynolds‘ book, THE DOT. KidLit TV did a fantastic interview with Peter about his “Creatrilogy” of books, THE DOT, ISH, and SKY COLOR — and about exercising your creativity…

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Playing from the Heart by Peter H. Reynolds — Book Recommendation

Title: Playing from the Heart Author/Illustrator: Peter H. Reynolds Publisher: Somerville, MA: Candlewick, 2016 Genre: Picture book, fiction Audience Age: 5 and up Themes/topics: connecting through music, parent/child connections Opening Sentences: The piano stood quietly in the living room for years. Until the day Raj first plunked and pushed the keys, delighted by every sound….