NANA , What Do You Say ? Book One
“Nana, What Do You Say?”
“Nana, What Do You Say?” the book was conceived from a song that I wrote, bearing the same name, over ten years ago. The song was inspired by the everyday events around our six grandchildren at the time. Now there are thirteen, each with his own little story to tell.
Since I am the author and illustrator of “Nana, What Do You Say?” the book, I have allowed myself further creative license in omitting the features of the characters’ faces.
My purpose is to allow the subject of the story to influence the child so as to correlate his thoughts with his personal concepts, not only those of fictitious characterizations.
It has been my personal experience that, when open dialog and conversation are present in our communication with children, healthy relationships ensue and lines remain open to understanding and awareness.
Also published in French
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In the press...
A TRIUMPH OF CIRCUMSTANCE
MONTREAL VOCALIST RANEE LEE CELEBRATES A GREAT UNPLANNED JAZZ CAREER
story BY RICHARD BURNETT
When Brooklyn-born Ranee Lee arrived in Montreal as a young 18-year-old woman back in the 1970, she had no idea she’d one day be a member of the pantheon of Montreal jazz greats.
But 37 years later, after spending the ’70s touring North America as a jazz drummer and tenor saxophonist, Lee has been hailed by Jazz Times as ‘’ just a little north of Nina Simone and a bit south of Sarah Vaughan… and her phenomenal scatting elevates her to the league of Mel Tormé, Ella Fitzgerald and Mark Murphy.’’
‘’ I never did plan a jazz career, it was simply circumstances that brought me to Montreal,’’ Lee says today. But Montreal gave me my foundation and got me more involved in jazz. I love this city.’’
After recoding 10 albums for Justin Time Records, publishing her first children’s book, Nana, What Do You Say? (Pirouli Press), last month, winning a Dora Mavor Moore Award for portraying Billie Holiday in Lady Day, and winning the affection of her students at McGill’s renowned music school, not to mention being named a member of the Order of Canada in 2006, Lee returns this weekend to her first true love, performing with the quintet live on stage. ‘I still get the butterflies. But that’s where I come alive.’’
November 22, 2007, P. 10
Ranee Lee’s book “Nana, What Do You Say,” is a must read with your kids or grandchildren. It is a beautifully crafted and thought provoking book with gorgeous illustrations also drawn by Ranee. You’ll end up reading this many, many times.