By Colin Bootman
The town of Harlem is overrun by way of rats. sooner or later, a mysterious guy seems with a metal pan drum, promising to rid the town of its problem...for a cost. The mayor has no selection yet to agree. The metal pan guy performs the sweetest melody someone has ever heard and dances the rats out of the town. but if the mayor refuses to maintain his be aware, the metal pan guy has no selection. He performs the mayor one other track for one more goal. This retelling of The Pied Piper of Hamelin is decided in the course of the Harlem Renaissance.
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As far as music and dance go, Harlem had a little something for everyone. Swing, the jitterbug, and the samba filled the dance halls. And Caribbean immigrants introduced the celebration of Carnival. The Steel Pan Man of Harlem tries to capture the spirit of Carnival, dance, and music through its lively dance scenes. And though my version is not as dark as Browning’s poem, I would like to think I held fast to his original message: the importance of doing the right thing and keeping one’s word. This Page Left Blank Intentionally Colin Bootman has illustrated many award-winning children’s books, including Almost to Freedom (Carolrhoda Books), which was named a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book, and Dad, Jackie & Me (Peachtree), which received the Schneider Family Book Award from the American Library Association.
Ding Pa da ding Pa da ding ding ding dong No one was spared the pan man’s magic, including the mayor. He danced out of his office, his kitty right beside him. Like a puppet, the mayor made his way through the crowded streets. Jerking and twisting, he finally reached the pan man. “Stop. Please. Stop,” he rasped, waving a check for one million dollars. “Can’t keep dancing. I’ll pay you. ” Everyone now knew that the mayor was responsible for the spell cast on the city. Then suddenly, the music stopped.
I grew up listening to steel pan music, courtesy of my uncles, Wilfred and Randolph St. Louis, who led steel orchestras in Trinidad in the 1970s and 1980s. The pan eventually became Trinidad’s national instrument and a symbol of Caribbean unity and culture. I chose Harlem for the setting of my story because—aside from the fact that the name sounds close to Hamelin—most Caribbean folks immigrated to Harlem during the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. This period was a musical time. As far as music and dance go, Harlem had a little something for everyone.