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