Silent Music

A Story of Baghdad

By Rumford, James

Publishers Summary:
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.

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ISBN
978-1-59643-276-5
Publisher
Porter Roaring Brook g


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on April 1, 2008

Gr 2-6 Ali describes how he loves soccer; "loud, parent-rattling music"; and calligraphyforming the elegant Arabic letters, pen "gliding and sweeping, leaping, dancing to the silent music in my head." His "secret hero" is Yakut, a renowned 13th-century calligrapher, and Ali tells how, when Mongols invaded Baghdad in 1258, the man fled to a high tower to shut out the violence by creating beauty, writing "glistening letters of rhythm and grace." Similarly, the boy sought solace from the missiles and bombs that f...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on March 1, 2008

Ali, a young boy growing up in contemporary Baghdad, likes soccer, loud music, and dancing. But more than anything, he loves to create the letters of Arabic calligraphy. He loves the right-to-left movement, the flow of the ink from his pen "stopping and starting, gliding and sweeping, leaping, dancing to the silent music" in his head. His hero is Yakut, the thirteent...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2008

Ali, a boy in contemporary Baghdad, loves to create the letters of Arabic calligraphy. When he has no trouble writing <i>har...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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