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Interview with Robyn McGrath, author of DOLLY!: THE STORY OF DOLLY PARTON AND HER BIG DREAM
We hope you enjoy this chat with Robyn as she talks inspiration, research, publishing process, musical connections, and what's next!
DOLLY! The Story of Dolly Parton and Her Big Dream
While there are other picture books on the market about Dolly, this one focuses on Dolly's childhood and the big dreams she had and how she made her dreams come true. The language is so lovely and country and well done. I love the phraseologies and the "twang". Anyone who is a fan of Dolly will enjoy this look at Dolly the dreamer and how she started her journey to become the beautiful strong woman, prolific performer, reader/writer, and literacy leader, entrepreneur, and all the facets that make up Dolly.
A Little Jam. . .(The Music Kind)
Dolly has touched so many genres, and it is only fitting that she moved into the children's realm. This song is perfect to follow up the. book and also perfect to go along with THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD which is always the first book children receive from the Imagination Library. This is a sweet and positive song with Dolly's signature vocals and full of affirmations to encourage children to reach out for their own dreams!
Teacher Tips, Tricks and Topics
Tips and Topics for Music Teachers
Writing Prompts from Tonnye
Writing Tips from Robyn McGrath
1. Write that bad first draft. It takes a lot of willpower to write without editing as you go. If you’re like me, when I edit as I’m writing I trip up on my words and get easily sidetracked on punctuation, spelling, and grammar. Try letting the words flow without hitting the delete button AND without judgment. I personally like to set a 20-minute timer so that I work uninterrupted for shorter periods of time. The hardest part about writing is getting the full story down. And once you do… remember only YOU will see that bad first draft.
2. Read, read, and read some more. Read for rhythm, story structure, pacing, and page turns. Find the picture book you most connect with, what draws you to that style of writing? What feeling did the text elicit while you were reading? And how did the author use page turns to build suspense? Make note of all these great insights and decide how you can use them in your own manuscript.
3. Edit for fun! In the past I dreaded having to edit. But now I find that chopping, rearranging, and rewriting CAN be enjoyable. Can I try a new word here? Move this sentence there? Do I need this sentence at all? How can I say this same sentiment in as few words as possible? It’s like a puzzle, and well, I LOVE puzzles! In end if you’re afraid of cutting your darlings, try cutting and pasting them to a separate word doc, you just might find use for them later.
4. Be vulnerable. Yes, this is a tough one! To be a writer one must share their work with others for feedback. It can be hard to hear feedback about our work, especially when the story is close to our hearts. But often our critique partners can see something we can’t by offering us ideas that are new and fresh. Ideas that might just get other ideas flowing. Which in turn can give you a renewed energy about your manuscript! That is the power of a critique group! Of course, in the end the choice is yours to accept the feedback or not, but by having options YOU get to play with your manuscript in a new way.
Links, More Fun, Extensions for Families and Everyone!
PBJamz Snack -- Peanut Butter and Jelly Biscuits!
As a Southerner, Dolly loves Southern country cooking, including biscuits! So, for today's PBJamz snack, I'm suggesting Dolly's famous biscuits made into sweet little PBJ biscwiches that are worth singing about and will make your toes tap! Of course, you can also enjoy them plain or with butter or jam only and leave out the peanut butter, but then, why would you? Just kidding! You enjoy them however you like, but I hope you'll give her biscuits and our PBJ biscwiches a try! This recipe is courtesy of Taste of Home!
Guest Links and Giveaways
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Robyn is offering one winner YOUR CHOICE of either
A copy of DOLLY!
A PB CRITIQUE
2/18/2023 06:11:07 am
Thanks Robyn for inspiring me to be vulnerable!
2/26/2023 07:48:10 pm
Fun interview! I loved hearing how this book came about. I’ve always been a fan of Dolly Parton!
3/1/2023 06:20:45 pm
Sounds like a good book, Robyn! Dolly does great things for kidlit, it nice you have written about her.
3/1/2023 07:03:31 pm
Dolly is an icon- a talent as well as a good person. I have such respect for her and can’t wait to read your book. Good luck with it!
3/1/2023 09:23:51 pm
Such an inspirational book! Definitelt Dolly is a role model to many. Infact last Fall vacation, we visited Pigeon Forge and got a chance to see the Dollywood amusement park. So fun!
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