First place in the poem category went to Casey Goodwin, 10, of Las Vegas. Upon learning of her win, Goodwin said, “I wanted to write a poem about peace because I think it’s so important to have peace in the world. It’s so cool it will be a song. Can I hear it now?”
Torres, a student of Larry Gluck’s Mission: Rennaisance Fine Arts Studio, said, “I wanted to make a picture of birds getting along together’because if they can, why can’t we? We should all have fun and enjoy each other, not fight.”
“Nina’s drawing is surprisingly brilliant,” said Los Angeles artist Synthia Saint James, the critically acclaimed illustrator of the U.S. Kwanzaa Postal Stamp. Saint James judged the art portion of the contest.
Both children also receive a limited edition print of the Saint James painting, “Harmony,” which graced the cover of Hull’s award-winning Peace in Our Land: Children Celebrating Diversity album.
“Hands Around the World”
a drawing by Amneris Marrero
Age 10, of Las Vegas
“You Can Bring Peace”
a poem by Pamela Gonzalez
Age 9, of Las Vegas
“Peace is the People”
a poem by Chai Larsen
Age 10, of Las Vegas
“In this CD Hull is devoted to spiritual education through music…this album of songs written for children “of all ages”, goes beyond religion, race and color to help develop a child’s relationship with a greater power…Songs as much fun to listen to as they are to sing…might just relegate Barney’s “I love you, you love me” back to the stone age.”
The Monthly Aspectarian
“A great way to expose children to the greatest and most helpful teachings of all religions…wonderful for children and parents alike and very highly recommended.”
“Our best children’s seller ever.”
Bodhi Tree Bookstore, Los Angeles
“There couldn’t be a better way to teach children about Kwanzaa’s values…A fabulous song and an original story present and explain the basic principles of Kwanzaa. The catchy song will have the whole family singing and dancing to the chorus after the first few lines.”
Vicky Reed, M.A.
Coordinator Storytelling and Children’s Literature for the
Department of Continuing Education at University of San Diego
“This exceptional gift set emphasizes that Kwanzaa can be celebrated by everyone. The tape’s inspiration is two-fold: first featuring a song that educates the listener about the holiday’s seven principals…then on side two there is an original story narrated by Karen Malina White (Cosby Show, Malcolm & Eddie) whose rhythmic storytelling invites the listener to join in the festivities. Hull, a Grammy Award Winner and Saint James, creator of the U.S. Kwanzaa Postal Stamp and an illustrator who’s awards include a Coretta Scott King Honor, have created an entertaining and educational treasure…..”
Tunes For Tots
Los Angeles Family
America’s Largest Regional Family Magazine
“It is never too early, or too late, to talk to children about respecting diversity…Creating an environment rich in possibilities for exploring diversity helps children develop their ideas about themselves and others and creates the conditions under which children initiate conversations about differences.
PTA Magazine, Caryl M. Stern-LaRosa
February 2000, “Talking To Your Children About Diversity”
“I highly recommend this package to parents and teachers everywhere. Its inspiring music and creative exercises provide a positive environment which moves children to actively participate in exploring their differences. A must for K1 4 curriculum.”
Susan DeBlasio, Teacher
Corinne Seeds UCLA Elementary, Los Angeles, California
“Children have a positive curiousity about diverse socio-cultural groups. They now have this wonderful tool that celebrates our differences with words, pictures, and songs. The book and song themes and messages are clear, positive, fun and easy to use by parents, children, and professionals. I highly recommend this extraordinary learning package.”
Hershel K. Swinger, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist
Children’s Institute International, Los Angeles, California
Artist Synthia Saint James and Grammy Award winning songwriter Bunny Hull have teamed up to produce an alliterated alphabet treat! The original sing along with a story/activity book combines the ABCs with positive thoughts and self-affirmations, resulting in a unique teaching tool. On the title track, the strength of the recording, Hull’s easily understood voice is accompanied by bouncy rhythms that listeners will remember.
One affirmation is included for each letter of the alphabet, such as “H” for helping, “I” for intelligent and “J” for joy. The reproducible activity book includes corresponding coloring pages, activities and the text of the story, “Adventures in Alphabet City.” The story offers ABC fare in an abundance of alliterated sentences, neatly arranged into alphabetized paragraphs. Librarians, teachers and counselors will appreciate the self-esteem issues presented. A nice addition to story hours, public libraries may want to consider purchasing a copy for their professional collection.
Kristen Martindale, Buford Academy, GA
American Library Journal Review, January 2001
“Hull’s “Alphabet Affirmations” uses music, art and an inventive story to stimulate positive growth in children at an early age. At a time when children are formulating their ideas, attitudes and personal character traits this interactive package has found a simple, straightforward and entertaining way to lay a foundation for not only learning but also developing good mental habits. I highly recommend it!”
Irene P. Ayala, Special Education Attorney
Introducing three new titles from the Parents Choice Approved Award-winning Young Masters Little Wisdom Series
Butaan, Phylos and EEtha have traveled over the sky and under the moon to learn about the powerful gifts born to the people of Earth – the secrets of the heart.
Grammy®-Award winner Bunny Hull and Friends provide a “magic garden” filled with gentle stories and catchy songs as Kye Fleming captures the joyful quest of our inquisitive young explorers with whimsical illustrations in the next three books from the award-winning Little Wisdom series. Guided on their quest by Saphinne, children learn the answers to important questions as one of Earth’s wisest sages, actress Elayn J. Taylor, narrates each story with all the warmth and wisdom of a female Merlin.
Each CD begins by inviting our Young Masters at home to take The Young Masters Pledge and then in a flurry of ukuleles, sound effects, ethnic drums, percussion and vocals the journey begins with quirky Here We Go. Then it’s onto our story followed by musical treats that support the book’s “secret”. Hey Young Master, What Can I Learn Today and call and responses Thank You For Being Here and it’s Swahili counterpart Asanti Ku kuwa Hapa complete each set.
Each book is a 9″ x 9″, 28 page, hardcover/audio book with enhanced CD. The CD includes an audio story, nine tracks of original music and bonus multimedia files for use on win/mac computers and mobile devices. Perfect for classroom or home use! Ages 4 – 8.
Press Kit Contents:
Artist shots – 2 (jpg)
Product shots – 4 (jpg)
About Dream A World (word doc)
Bunny Hull – Bio (word doc)
DAW Distribution List (word doc)
Product descriptions (word doc)
Contest Entry Form (pdf)
YMLW Press release (pdf)
“I am a literacy educator, so I anticipate opportunities to use these books with parents and children in schools and classrooms throughout central Virginia. I have four sons, and thankfully, one of them is still young enough to fully appreciate the prose and the songs. As he listens to the stories and songs, I can see a spark in his eyes and a quiet contentment that is deeply personal. I am so glad you thought of this idea and that you’re doing so much to promote love and peace and personal empowerment. Thank you.
– Angie Miles (King) www.happyreading.org
In Young Masters Heart of A Lion the reader both young and old is given a context for courage that includes vocabulary, practice and inspiration. I love this entire series! They are as much for me as the children I read the book to making them a great gift for the child of all ages.
– Pattie Mercado, Youth Director and Mom
Butaan, Phylos and EEtha have become endearing friends to my children and their classmates. Young guides for them to learn and grow with while inspiring laughter, creativity and thoughtfulness in a way that is sincere and heartfelt.
– Betsy Chasse, Producer and Mother, Intention Media, Inc.
Truth for young..and older minds – The Heart of a Lion, was a gift I sent to my 8 year old grand nephew for Christmas. Not only did he love it, he shared it with his 10 year old sister and she shared with some of her friends.I loved it and I’m not in the age range by many years. The words, music and art are amazing.These books are fun and also teach good thinking ideas for all who read them.I recommend this series to anyone wanting to express positive living in their families. Keep up the good work, the world needs more books like this !
– Frank, an Uncle from Los Angeles
There are so few books these days that teach traditional values, I’m very grateful to Bunny Hull for this series. This book teaches our children how important it is to give to others and how to be thankful. It’s an excellent addition to a wonderful series by the author. The hardcover book is well constructed to last a long time. I’ve sent them to every family member with children, and the kids love the books and the music.
– Chuck in LA
Heart Of A Lion – A gift for all ages – This series is incredible for children. Ms. Hull has the ability to weave fun, insights, education, and more in such a light and easy to read manner. It is clear one of her gifts in writing, is to ignite within each child their own gifts. I applaud her ability to inspire and to teach in a simple, yet profound manner. This is a must for children and parents who want to have children who are in tune and in touch with their own personal self empowerment.
– Keith Cox, Director Youth Seminars, ICSL
Join the world of Bunny Hull to know the incredible world that she creates. Yesterday my grand-nephew came with his mother, father and aunts for his party. We read to him and played the music by Bunny Hull. It was so much joy that the three generations shared. The wisdom in her books are unique for children of all ages. Do give yourselves a gift with all six in the series of “Young Masters”
– Charlotte Sherman, mother, grandmother, great-aunt
The Friendship Seed, The Hidden Treasure, The Magic Eye are books I purchased for my children, and they loved them. They touched me and the kids hearts, minds and souls. They are truly an enrichment for educating and entertaining young children. The musical CDs that accompany each book are perfect for the audio/visual learner. I am so happy to find books that teach values and inspiration .
– Diane Richmond, teacher, mother, grandmother, Las Vegas, Nevada
I love Heart of a Lion. My favorite line in the whole book is that COURAGE helps you to be brave enough to say NO when someone asks you to do something you know isn’t right. Our children face wrong pressures, lures and enticements everyday. They face situations that didn’t exist even 20 years ago. How nice to have Heart of a Lion at this point in time to help our little ones learn that it’s OK to say NO and to walk away from a wrong situation or a wrong person. I give Bunny’s books as gifts to friends who have little ones and when I do I know I’m giving them something healthy, helpful and Right. The CDs that are included with each book are wonderful. Thanks Bunny.
– Amy Arnaz, mother, Former Director – Boulder City Ballet
Heart Of A Lion – This book is simply wonderful for kids (and their adults too)! With all the bullying problems going on, this book helps empower children by teaching them what it means to believe in themselves. “You know your perfect just the way you are.” GREAT!
– Jim, in LA
Bunny Hull and Kye Fleming have created an absolutely charming universe inhabited by Butaan, Phylos and EEtha. The illustrations by Kye Fleming are delightful, simple and sophisticated and just perfect for Bunny Hull’s music and story. I found myself hungering to hear Elayn J. Taylor’s voice as Aunt Saphinne, such a beautiful and intelligient reading. Bunny Hull’s songs are inspiring and enlightening and witty. But the most important value of this series is the message. How I wish I had had these words and songs and drawings when I was a child. Great gifts for any season.
– Kay Dennis Robinson, Great Aunt, Accountant
Heart Of A Lion – How do you explain the concept of courage to a small child? If hard pressed, I don’t think I could, but Bunny Hull has found a way to give children a way to understand the meaning of courage and how ultimately it comes from believing in yourself. I gave my sister, who’s a first grade teacher, a complete set of Little Wisdom books. She says this book is especially important when it comes to teaching children how to deal with a bully. When we can teach children to believe in themselves enough perhaps they will not be as affected by the remarks of others, or not be afraid to tell someone ” to stop hitting you.” You can’t control the actions of someone bent on hurting you, but you can control the way you feel about yourself. This book guides a child to believe that they’re important. Great concept to give a child. I love this book!
– Irene Ayala, Attorney
Young Masters: This Little Light – This masterful book is exceptional. The book, along with the musical CD, so joyfully and easily translates the concept of LOVE to all who read it. It is so beautiful to be able to teach young and old ones that LOVE is something they are—not something to seek. Ms. Hull has done it once again. If you work with children, have children or grandchildren, know anyone with children, or even want to reconnect with the child within —SHARE THIS BOOK! It is wondrous, truthful, awe inspiring, and transformational
– Keith Cox, – Director Youth Seminars, ICSL
I am writing this review of Bunny’s book The Invisible Power with my most sincere appreciation for her entire body of work. Bunny’s newest trilogy, which includes The Invisible Power, is a beautiful teaching tool for children. I have worked with children for 35 years and see how easily they are distracted or fall into a state of boredom. Keeping their minds alert and alive is a prime goal for teachers. The Invisible Power encourages children to expand their ideas and nurture Creativity. I love the line on page 17 that says “It’s all inside that little seed of an idea.” How true! When children love something, develop a talent or make a new discovery they stay alert and are eager to learn more. This state is fertile ground for Creativity. Each of Bunny’s books comes with a CD conveniently tucked inside the front cover so your little one can hear the story being told and enjoy original, rhythmic, fun music too. You may even find yourself singing along! I recommend this book and all of Bunny’s books for use in classrooms or at home. Enjoy!
– Amy Arnaz, Boulder City, Nevada