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Good morning everyone! Thanks for stopping back by to see us this week! Before we go any further, I have an announcement to make about Look! We’re Learning!
We’re going to be cutting back to sharing posts two or three times a week for a while. I’ve just started college classes and…what a difference a decade makes! I remember being so much smarter before I had kids! So I’m taking a mini-break from blogging five days a week until I get my footing with my classes. But don’t worry, we’ll be back to full strength with a 10-day series on African History in October, so stay tuned for that!
In the meantime, we’re continuing with our Living History series and this month we’re focusing on a largely unsung soul musician – Otis Redding. Both Jay and I realized that we know almost nothing about his life and career, so that’s our next historical figure. We’ll be spending some time learning about his musical style, his songs, and his personal life during September.
Surprisingly, there are no children’s books about Otis Redding’s life, so we’ll be adapting the following books for use with the kids:
The Otis Redding Story by Jane Schiesel
Otis!: The Otis Redding Story by Scott Freeman
So far, I’ve found a few comprehensive websites about his life, accomplishments, and untimely death. If you’d like to follow along with us, feel free to check out these resources.
The official website of Otis Redding’s life and work: http://otisredding.com/
Biography from Rolling Stone: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/artists/otis-redding
The Museum of American Soul Music biography: http://www.staxmuseum.com/about/artists/view/otis-redding
Biography from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: http://rockhall.com/inductees/otis-redding/bio/
Full biography on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otis_Redding
Be sure to stop back by during the last week of September to see how we learned about Otis Redding with our family!
Back to college…I did the same as a young mom. One of the best decisions I ever made and worth all the juggling it required. Have a great semester.
I am totally surprised that they’re aren’t any children’s books about him.
good luck with school!! I did it for a while too, so I know the struggles. Best of luck!! You’ll do great!!