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Date: Friday, January 6, 2023
Time: 10:30 AM
Cost: Free and open to the public
Join us in the museum’s Learning Center for our new monthly Museum Story Time program! Aimed at toddler-age children and their grown-ups, we will come together on the first Friday of each month for a music- or Appalachia-related storybook, a tune or two, and a related activity or coloring sheet.
This month we will be reading Coat of Many Colors written by Dolly Parton and illustrated by Brooke Boynton-Hughes.
Country music legend Dolly Parton’s rural upbringing in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee provides the backdrop for this special picture book. Using lyrics from her classic song “Coat of Many Colors,” the book tells the story of a young girl in need of a warm winter coat. When her mother sews her a coat made of rags, the girl is mocked by classmates for being poor. But Parton’s trademark positivity carries through to the end as the girl realizes that her coat was made with love “in every stitch.” Beautiful illustrations pair with Parton’s poetic lyrics in this heartfelt picture book sure to speak to all young readers.
About the Author
Dolly Parton is an internationally renowned superstar who has contributed timeless classics to the world of music entertainment, including “Jolene,” “Coat of Many Colors,” and the mega-hit “I Will Always Love You.” She has garnered seven Grammy Awards, ten Country Music Association Awards, five Academy of Country Music Awards, three American Music Awards, and is one of only five female artists to win the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award. She has written over 3,000 songs and authored four books, including the inspirational Dream More (Putnam) and the children’s book I Am A Rainbow (Penguin).
Ms. Parton’s Dollywood Company provides family entertainment and hospitality to five million guests per year at Dollywood, Splash Country, Dixie Stampede, Pirate’s Voyage, Lumberjack Adventure, and the Dream More Resort.
In 1988, she began the Dollywood Foundation to inspire children in her home community to dream more, learn more, do more, and care more. Currently the foundation offers Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to communities across America, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and Belize. The program works with local partners to give every preschool child a book each month from the time he or she is born until the child reaches kindergarten. Currently over 90 million books have been gifted to preschool children.