Silent Music : A Story of Baghdad

Book cover for Silent Music : A Story of Baghdad by James Rumford
Author

James Rumford

Illustrator

Book Summary

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.

Iraq, Baghdad, War, Calligraphy, Arabic

Age Range
Ages 4 to 8 (grades K-3), Ages 9 to 12 (grades 4-7)
ISBN #
9781596432765
Publisher
Roaring Brook Press
Book Category
North Africa & Middle East
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