Silent Music: A Story of Baghdad

Silent Music: A Story of Baghdad written and illustrated by James Rumford, is a Neal Porter Book/Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group.   Ali, a boy living in Baghdad today, loves soccer, parent-rattling music, dancing, and, most of all, calligraphy. His lively life, extended family and thoughtful nature flow from pages that weave calligraphy, intricate patterns and backdrops of golden brown into their design. Drawing strength from explicit visual and textual references to Iraq's long history of literacy, the story of Ali's passionate practice of calligraphy, first, highlights the power of literacy as a creative force in the midst of war, then, as a metaphor, invites reflection on the difficulty of practicing peace. Honor Book for Younger Children, 2009.

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