Music abecedary Peter Jain absolutely never set out to address his new children’s book, “Can Emu Absolutely Sing Jambo?” But, address he did, and now the bilingual account book — which actualization bright illustrations by acceptance at South Bay and Pine Hill Academy acceptance — is accessible locally and online.
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“I was afflicted the abrupt afterlife of my 13-year-old son, David, and had alone off his sister, Elyse, at academy in Arcata,” Jain said. “On the way to Pine Hill Academy in Eureka, I absitively to put off activity to assignment and took a airing with my guitar in the morning sun in Freshwater. Thinking I was by myself and singing freely, I noticed I was actuality followed by article in the bushes beside the road. Still singing, I looked over and saw an astronomic bird — an emu.”
Jambo — from the book’s appellation — is the chat for accost in Swahili, said Jain, and is additionally a acceptable song he sings with his acceptance — and others — at Pine Hill and South Bay schools in Eureka.
“When I aboriginal met my emu acquaintance in Freshwater (in 2013), I sang ‘Jambo’ to her,” said Jain, who couldn’t delay to acquaint the youngsters at academy about his experience.
“And activity unfolded,” he said, “sending me aback to the acreage a alternation of times to booty photos, again video movies, to actualization the kids how this bewitched bird responded to music and would ball and sing. The afterwards weeks cogent the kids this adventure and assuming them photos/videos of the emu was an attack to appoint the absolute chic in singing. Eventually, I angry the adventure into a book.”
Just recently, Jain absitively to assignment with SequoiaSong Publications and Humboldt State University Columnist to coact on publishing his amusing work.
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Jain’s acceptance were additionally acquisitive to participate in their teacher’s activity and began creating and appointment their art for accessible admittance in his book. HSU art above Dante Nichelini came to South Bay Academy to abetment in art workshops, Jain said.
“Beginning in September 2017, I arrive acceptance to abide artwork for anniversary week’s two-page spread,” Jain said. “As the year progressed, the activity acquired drive … Chat began to advance in school, and the acceptance grew aflame about the achievability of accepting their artwork arise in a book that will be internationally available.”
Then, two of Jain’s music students, Bryanna Lopez-Tejeda and Kimberly Silva, offered to do an antecedent Spanish adaptation of the book afore a final adaptation was completed through the donated efforts of HSU Assistant Emeritus Martha Manier and Jaime Montoya, an HSU assistant and Arcata High Academy Spanish teacher, as able-bodied as associates of HSU’s Adaptation and Interpretation Club.
“One adorable aspect of the book is its adaptation into Spanish by two of my sixth-grade clarinet students,” Jain said. “… Because we accept a cogent cardinal of Spanish-speaking students, I anticipation it would be admirable to accommodate the translation.”
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Artwork by 36 South Bay and Pine Hill acceptance concluded up actuality called for admittance in “Can Emu Absolutely Sing Jambo?” Anniversary of the adolescent artists is additionally accustomed in the book with a photo and abbreviate bio.
Students and agents at both schools remained so aflame by their teacher’s activity that they additionally went a footfall further, according to a columnist absolution for the book. South Bay ball abecedary Clover Schinke dramatized the story, creating a apprentice comedy that was performed May 3 at South Bay Elementary School.
“This activity is the absolute aftereffect of the accord of a cardinal of parties,” Jain said. “Our accomplished academy district, beneath the administration of Gary Storts, has alternate and contributed to this effort,” he said.
To actualization his appreciation, Jain is altruistic 50 percent of all the gain of his “Can Emu Absolutely Sing Jambo?” sales to abutment music, art and library programs aural the South Bay Union Academy District.
“A ample allotment of who I am as a being is attributable to my alive with the accouchement and families of our academy district,” Jain said. “To allotment bisected of the gain of book sales appear Pine Hill and South Bay’s art, music and library programs is my way of adage acknowledge you.”
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Other schools — locally, nationally and internationally — are additionally arrive to use the book for their fundraising efforts, Jain said. For added advice about how to do this, go to www.sequoiasong.com/schools.
“Can Emu Absolutely Sing Jambo?” isn’t the aboriginal altruistic assignment Jain has penned. He additionally authored addition book, “Let the Ball Begin, Greetings from Humboldt,” four years ago — with the aboriginal year of auction gain activity against attempts to accompany a Tibetan Buddhist abecedary to the United States.
“‘Let the Ball Begin, Greetings From Humboldt’ (Wild Earth Press, 2014) — which additionally came about afterwards my son’s afterlife and was a artistic way of ambidextrous with affliction — was a book balladry allotment that was commutual with black photographs from Humboldt County. As a built-in of Arcata, I capital to account the accustomed adorableness of our region.”
Along with the advertisement of “Can Emu Absolutely Sing Jambo?,” Jain will anon be actualization addition milestone. He’ll retire in June afterwards confined for 29 years as the music abecedary at Pine Hill and South Bay schools. Afore that, though, Jain will accomplish a chargeless accessible actualization to allotment “Can Emu Absolutely Sing Jambo” with others in the community. A account and book signing — accompanied by alive music — will booty abode this advancing Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Eureka Library, 1313 Third St.
“The book would not accept been accessible after Kyle Morgan of HSU Columnist and my wife, Cyndy Phillips of SequoiaSong Publications,” Jain said. “Kyle Morgan’s agog abutment and allocation of collaborations with HSU acceptance and adroitness fabricated this book abundant added than it would accept contrarily been. After Cyndy Phillips’ amazing amounts of assignment in editing, architecture and layout, the book would not accept alike fabricated it to print. She alike developed chargeless assets for the book — accessible at http://www.sequoiasong.com/kids/jambo — such as appearance sheets, music bedding and directed cartoon activities. Every folio of the book has been affected by her love.”
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