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The Rhythm Factory

A special thanks to Miami Kids Music

Thursday, Nov. 21, 9:00 a.m. - Sunday, Nov. 24, 5:00 p.m., Children’s Alley (Plaza behind Building 1)

The Rhythm Factory

Become a mini musical maestro! Drum, giggle, wiggle, circle, sway, tap and sing the day away! Join us for music exploration and even a "Percussion Petting Zoo!"  Featured books include: One Love, Pete the Cat: Rocking in my School Shoes, and The Jazz Fly.

Author(s) and Guest(s)

James Dean

Cool cat Pete is back in Pete the picture bookPete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses (HarperCollins; $17.99), written and illustrated by James and Kimberly Dean.  Pete wakes up feeling grumpy—nothing seems to be going his way. But with the help of some magic sunglasses, Pete learns that a good mood has been inside him all along.  James Dean is the creator of Pete the Cat and the co-author of the bestselling Pete the Cat series.  

In 2004, Kimberly and James Dean sat down at their kitchen table to work on a children’s book together. Their dream has finally become a reality with the release of the new Pete the Cat book, Pete’s the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses. Both left corporate jobs in the late nineties (James was an electrical engineer; Kimberly worked in the press office of the governor of Georgia) to pursue their passion for art, and they have experienced a life made up of strange and wonderful coincidences ever since. Pete the Cat has brought magic into their lives. They work in side-by-side studios in Savannah, sharing their home with five cats and Emma the pug.

Kimberly Dean

Cool cat Pete is back in Pete the picture bookPete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses (HarperCollins; $17.99), written and illustrated by James and Kimberly Dean.  Pete wakes up feeling grumpy—nothing seems to be going his way. But with the help of some magic sunglasses, Pete learns that a good mood has been inside him all along.  James Dean is the creator of Pete the Cat and the co-author of the bestselling Pete the Cat series.  

In 2004, Kimberly and James Dean sat down at their kitchen table to work on a children’s book together. Their dream has finally become a reality with the release of the new Pete the Cat book, Pete’s the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses. Both left corporate jobs in the late nineties (James was an electrical engineer; Kimberly worked in the press office of the governor of Georgia) to pursue their passion for art, and they have experienced a life made up of strange and wonderful coincidences ever since. Pete the Cat has brought magic into their lives. They work in side-by-side studios in Savannah, sharing their home with five cats and Emma the pug.

Schedule
Thursday, Nov. 21, 9:00 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. Free Add to Schedule
Friday, Nov. 22, 9:00 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. Free Add to Schedule
Saturday, Nov. 23, 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Free Add to Schedule
Sunday, Nov. 24, 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Free Add to Schedule

Thursday, Nov. 21

9:00 AM Join us as we read The Jazz Fly and listen to jazz masters!
9:45 AM Rock out with Pete the Cat, then create your own drums and join in the fun!
10:30 AM Learn about a talented girl who forms her own band in Violet’s Music. Then create a rain stick for your own musical performance!
11:15 AM Reggae music time! Join us as we read One Love, the storybook, then sing along to the hit Bob Marley song.
12:00 PM Join us for a musical "Petting Zoo" with Steve Gryb, and play percussion instruments from around the world!
12:45 PM Rock out with Pete the Cat, then create your own drums and join in the fun!
1:30 PM Join us for a musical "Petting Zoo" with Steve Gryb, and play percussion instruments from around the world!
2:15 PM Investigate the musical mystery, The Composer is Dead, and help solve the case!

Friday, Nov. 22

9:00 AM Reggae music time! Join us as we read One Love, the storybook, then sing along to the hit Bob Marley song.
9:45 AM Tap, thump, and drum to the rhythm in a drum circle led by Jeff Deen of Drumming for Wellness
10:30 AM Rock out with Pete the Cat, then create your own drums and join in the fun!
11:15 AM Tap, thump, and drum to the rhythm in a drum circle led by Jeff Deen of Drumming for Wellness.
12:00 PM Learn about a talented girl who forms her own band in Violet’s Music. Then create a rain stick for your own musical performance!
12:45 PM Rock out with Pete the Cat, then create your own drums and join in the fun!
1:30 PM Tap, thump, and drum to the rhythm in a drum circle led by Jeff Deen of Drumming for Wellness.
2:15 PM Join us as we read The Jazz Fly and listen to jazz masters!

Saturday, Nov. 23

9:30 AM Reggae music time! Join us as we read One Love, the storybook, then sing along to the hit Bob Marley song.
10:15 AM Join us as we read The Jazz Fly and listen to jazz masters!
11:00 AM Rock out with Pete the Cat, then create your own drums and join in the fun!
11:45 AM Join us for a musical "Petting Zoo" with Steve Gryb where you can play percussion instruments from around the world
12:30 PM Learn about a talented girl who forms her own band in Violet’s Music. Then create a rain stick for your own musical performance!
1:15 PM Investigate the musical mystery, The Composer is Dead, and help solve the case!
2:00 PM Join us as we read The Jazz Fly and listen to jazz masters!
2:45 PM Join us for a musical "Petting Zoo" with Steve Gryb and play percussion instruments from around the world!
3:30 PM Investigate the musical mystery, The Composer is Dead, and help solve the case!
4:15 PM Learn about a talented girl who forms her own band in Violet’s Music. Then create a rain stick for your own musical performance!
5:00 PM Rock out with Pete the Cat, then create your own drums and join in the fun!

Sunday, Nov. 24

9:30 AM Read, sing, and play with Miami Kids Music. Songs include Hello, Everybody; The Sandpiper; and One Little Owl.
10:15 AM Wiggle, giggle, sing and play during a family-style Music Together class presented by Miami Kids Music.
11:00 AM Wiggle, giggle, sing and play during a family-style Music Together class presented by Miami Kids Music.
11:45 AM Bust a move to music and stories from around the world! Dance with scarves and ribbon wands. Presented by Miami Kids Music.
12:30 PM Read, sing, and play with Miami Kids Music. Songs include Hello, Everybody; The Sandpiper; and One Little Owl.
1:15 PM Wiggle, giggle, sing and play during a family-style Music Together class presented by Miami Kids Music.
2:00 PM Tap, thump, and drum to the rhythm in a drum circle led by Jeff Deen of Drumming for Wellness.
2:45 PM Learn about a talented girl who forms her own band in Violet’s Music. Then create a rain stick for your own musical performance!
3:30 PM Rock out with Pete the Cat, then create your own drums and join in the fun!
4:15 PM Join us to read The Jazz Fly and listen to jazz masters!
5:00 PM Tap, thump, and drum to the rhythm in a drum circle led by Jeff Deen of Drumming for Wellness. Taking place at the Park.

Location

Miami Book Fair International * Miami Dade College
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132
Children’s Alley (Plaza behind Building 1)

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