Silent Music

Bibliographic Information: Rumford, James. Silent Music: A Story of Baghdad. New York: Roaring Brook, 2008

Brief Annotation: Silent Music follows the experiences of a little boy named Ali who lives in Baghdad and loves calligraphy.

Genre: Realisitc Fiction

Grade Level: 2-5

Readers who will like this: Students who enjoy stories about art, other countries, and current events.

Rating/Response: 4 – This book is beautifully written and illustrated.  I particularly loved how the author shared the experiences of the little boy through his love of calligraphy.

One question you would ask before a read aloud:  what do you know about the country of Baghdad?

Reading Strategy: Synthesizing

Rationale for Strategy:  This book allows students to take what they know of Baghdad and change their thinking based on the experiences of the little boy in the book.

Posted by: Olivia Cyr

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