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Book Excerpt: How Oswa Came to Own All Music
© 2003 by Vivian Owens

How Oswa Came to Own All Music

© 2003, by Vivian Owens. Eschar Publishing
How Oswa Came to Own All Music

Oswa, a handsome giant with a loving heart, lived long ago when the earth was still young. Legend says that he healed wounded animals and made friends with all creatures. On a journey across the universe he listened to luminous songs of nature and realized he had to own all music. The Queen sent him on several dangerous missions to earn all music.

This is a character building book as well as an entertaining treasure of poetic pleasure.



“Swirling and blowing hard,

the winds fought him. Oswa

seemed no match for the forceful gusts.

At one moment, the high

speed of the winds knocked

him off his feet, but he

staggered and struggled.

When his body rose and

swayed into the gentler

breeze, he opened the silk

lined trunk and caught the

strong winds…”

Meet a Character:


People feared String Man. Being a giant, String Man towered over people, but no one minded that. Living at the top of a great hill, String Man could keep his distance from children and old people, and no one minded that. What people minded was the fierce anger that always gripped String Man.

String Man kept growling bears and hungry howling dogs that chased you if commanded. Long years ago, before the earth fully formed, something mean and ugly grew inside of String Man and ruled him. No one wanted to go near him.

Only Oswa showed bravery in facing String Man. String Man hid all the string needed for the string musical instruments of the world.

In this story, we hold our breath as String Man battles Oswa.

ISBN# 0-9623839-9-6 (hardback)
Author, Vivian Owens
Young Fiction, Ages 8 and up

Please Note: This excerpt appears by special permission of the author and publisher and may not be presented elsewhere without permission of the copyright holders.

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About Eschar Publications

Eschar Publications publishes quality books with timeless appeal. Their books inspire, motivate and entertain. They believe that children and their parents are important and they offer our books as a help source in nurturing the academic needs of all children. To develop a fondness for reading, children need to believe they could be the characters they meet in books. For this reason, they introduced literary books focused on African American culture.

About the Author:

Vivian Owens wrote the book, NADANDA THE WORDMAKER, and it won a Writer’s Digest Best Book Award. She is the author of nine books.

With a writing career that overlapped her career as an educator, Vivian Owens received numerous awards or recognitions. Her newspaper articles have appeared in over 200 newspapers across the country, and her magazine articles have appeared in such publications as Upscale Magazine, About…Time Magazine, The Virginia Science Journal, and The Gifted Press Newsletter.

Best known for her “Parenting For Education” articles and workshops, Vivian Owens is the mother of three academically gifted children. In her work, she shares strategies of teaching and learning that have worked from her own personal experiences as a parent and as a classroom teacher who has obtained high performance results. At the heart of all her work is a determination to motivate children toward higher goals. For that reason she also creates youth literature that shines new cultural light into the whole realm of Children’s Literature.

Copyright 2004 The University of South Florida and The Africana Heritage Project. All Rights Reserved Worldwide. For more information, contact the Africana Heritage Project via e-mail.