Genre: Historical Fiction Reading Level 1-5
Silent Music uses calligraphy to unite worlds. Ali, a young boy from Baghdad, associates calligraphy with a soccer ball crossing the field and music in his head. Next he shares the beauty of the Arabic calligraphy as a form of art, an escape from war, and a connection with the famous calligrapher, Yakut. I like how this book portrays a life of a young boy loving his culture and heritage.
This would be a great book to introduce calligraphy as a form of art. It could also be a source to see children of other countries enjoying soccer and art just like we do in the states. In would be a great stepping stone conversation into different faiths. The Bible teaches us to respect others.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves..”
Charlotte Zolotow Award, 1998-2017, Honor 2009
Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards, 1953-2016, Honor 2009
Middle East Book Award, 2000-2015, Winner 2008