In answer to a boy's query, an old banjo in the attic of a ramshackle farmhouse remembers when all the instruments there made glorious music; PW praised this ``uncommonly moving and heartening tale of hope re-born . . . enhanced by Stephen Gammell's haunting art.'' Ages 6-10. (Mar.)
Stephen Gammell is the beloved illustrator of more than fifty books for children, including Song and Dance Man by Karen Ackerman, which received the Caldecott Medal, and two Caldecott Honor Books: The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant, Where the Buffaloes Begin by Olaf Baker, and The Secret Science Project That Almost Ate Our School by Judy Sierra. Mr. Gammell lives with his wife, Linda, in St. Paul, Minnesota.