It's the KinderMan

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June 15, 2000|By Tricia Bishop

John Taylor has a message. In fact, he has many messages, and his alter ego, KinderMan - dressed in bow tie, red suspenders and bowler hat - is the means of delivery.

"We teach through rhymes and raps I've created," says Taylor, host of the Emmy Award-winning children's show "KinderTime," which runs on ABC Saturday mornings at 8. Taylor also travels the country preaching positive thoughts to children and families using the arts as his tools.

Shows such as "KinderCise" promote learning through movement, using chants and dances to stimulate the mind. "Peace in the Hood" spreads harmony through musical multiculturalism. And "The Black Hall of Fame," which he performs this Saturday in White Marsh, strengthens memory and provides a sense of African- American history through audience participation and sing-song lessons, such as this one on Jesse Owens: "He really could run. In the Olympics, four gold medals he won."

The White Marsh Branch Library is host to KinderMan June 17. 1:30 p.m., 8133 Sandpiper Circle, 410-887-5097.

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