Silent Music

Silent Music

by James Rumford
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Silent Music by James Rumford

WHEN BOMBS BEGIN TO FALL, Ali drowns out the sould of war with a pen.

Like other children living in Baghdad, Ali loves soccer, music and dancing, but most of all, he loves the ancient art of calligraphy. When bombs begin to fall on his city, Ali turns to his pen, writing sweeping and gliding words to the silent music that drowns out the war all around him. Gorgeously illustrated with collage, pencil and charcoal drawings and, of course, exquisite calligraphy, this timely and yet universal story celebrates art and history but also offers young children a way to understand all they see and hear on the news.

Silent Music is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596432765
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication date: 03/18/2008
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 418,998
Product dimensions: 11.20(w) x 8.26(h) x 0.36(d)
Lexile: AD830L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

James Rumford is the author of Sequoyah, which won a 2005 Siebert Honor and the Sugarman Award for American Biography. He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Silent Music 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
TheReadingWriter More than 1 year ago
A gorgeously-produced book with an evocative text. In his own words, a young boy tells how he manages the terror that comes with Baghdad under siege. We can smell the heat and taste the dust as he talks of playing soccer in the streets with friends, and can hear the clamour of the city. We can especially enjoy the beauty of his written language as he writes some words for us to savor. The beauty of his calligraphy is so exquisite, one's heart breaks a little. This is a book we should all have in our libraries.