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Date: Friday, May 3, 2024
Time: 10:30 a.m. EST
Location: The Learning Center, Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Cost: Free and open to the public
Join us in the museum’s Learning Center for our monthly Museum Story Time program. Aimed at toddler-age children and their grown-ups, we will gather on the first Friday of each month for a music- or Appalachia-related storybook, a tune or two by WBCM Radio Bristol show host Ella Patrick, and a related activity or coloring sheet. This month we will be doing a fun guitar-art craft!
About “ Little Rosetta and the Talking Guitar: The Musical Story of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the Woman Who Invented Rock and Roll”
A picture-book biography of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the woman who invented rock and roll—a warm, inspiring tale of a childhood filled with music, community, and a drive to succeed.
“Music is the heart of our story,” says Momma to young Rosetta, surprising her with her first guitar. Rosetta’s strums sound like ker-plunks. But with practice and determination, she makes music, fingers hopping “like corn in a kettle,” notes pouring over the church crowd “like summer rain washing the dust off a new day.”
In this stunning picture book, author and illustrator Charnelle Pinkney Barlow imagines the childhood of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, whose rural roots inspired the music we still hear today.
Young readers will see a child’s dream become reality through hard work and perseverance. And they’ll learn the overlooked story of a pioneering Black artist, whose contribution to music history is only now being discovered.
About the Author
Charnelle Pinkney Barlow is an Illustrator, expert tea drinker, and a lover of donuts. Born and raised in Poughkeepsie, New York, her love of the arts grew after being introduced to the world of watercolor by her grandfather and award winning children’s book illustrator Jerry Pinkney. Creating images and stories that speak to the hearts of children and those that guide them is her greatest joy. Charnelle received her BFA in Illustration from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and her MFA in Illustration as Visual Essay from the School of Visual Arts in New York, New York. She now lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband Jukabiea.