Publication Date: 01/02/2024 ISBN: 9781529517835 Category:

One Sweet Song

Jyoti Rajan Gopal, Sonia Sanchez

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Publication Date: 01/02/2024 ISBN: 9781529517835 Category:


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In an ode to the power of music and community, this vibrantly illustrated picture book steps out on the balcony for a shared moment of spontaneous joy and celebration.
In a quiet neighborhood, a single note trills through the air. Another note joins, and then another. One by one, curious people are drawn to their windows, doorways, and balconies to support the medley. Professional musicians play instruments from around the world, while others bang pots and pans. All are welcome as the notes swirl and dip and crescendo, coming together to make one sweet song. And when the music fades, and this diverse neighbourhood is once again silent, the reverberations of unity remain. Written by a kindergarten teacher and inspired by the balcony singing in Italy during the pandemic – with a countdown from one to ten and back gently woven in – this rhythmic synergy of text and art is a buoyant, global-minded celebration of how music connects us, even in the darkest of times.

Publisher Review

Inspired by musicians who serenaded their neighbours during lockdowns, this meditative picture book, with its swirling, colourful illustrations, is an ode to the power of togetherness. * The Guardian * The text is evocative, expressive... This is a book for a classroom or home collection, where the vocabulary is to be savored as much as the artwork. * Books for Keeps * Powerful rhythms and lilting rhyme combined with spirited illustrations that have coloured swirls and musical notes weaving in and out of the homes, make a once separated community united by joy. Author Jyoti and illustrator Sonia have together created a wonderful celebration of the healing power of music and its capacity to bring people together even in difficult times. * Red Reading Hub * A poetic celebration of the desire to find sweet music in the everyday... The musical poetry of the text is set beautifully in the illustrations provided by the artist, Sonia Sanchez. Her colourful, painterly drawings fill the generous pages with colour and bring the small girl's diverse neighbours to life. * The Letterpress Project *

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