Silent Music

Silent Music

A Story of Baghdad

Book - 2008 | 1st ed.
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As bombs and missiles fall on Baghdad in 2003, a young boy uses the art of calligraphy to distance himself from the horror of war.
Publisher: New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781596432765
Branch Call Number: RUMFO
Characteristics: [32] p. : col. ill. ; 21 x 29 cm.


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vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

Ali lives in Baghdad, Iraq and loves soccer, loud music and... calligraphy! He draws inspiration from Baghdad's most famous calligrapher, who, like Ali, also survived a war. Ali demonstrates the beauty of his language's written form while pondering the gulf between war and peace. This is a wonderful book for children 6 and up.

Apr 13, 2014

Ali is a normal child who happens to live in Baghdad. Children and adult children of all ages will relate to Ali and enjoy reading about the culture and skill of calligraphy. This book would be great for those parents who wish to introduce their children to different languages and ways. There is a definite peace and war story here which likely will go over the young folks head for the most part -- the pictures are beautiful though - and I believe the adult reader will enjoy and learn from this book also.


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Apr 13, 2014

There is a story they tell of Yakut. One fearful day in the year 1258, Mongols attacked Baghdad. As they burned the city and killed hundreds of thousands of people, Yakut fled to a high tower. There, Yakut, created beauty. He shut out the horror and wrote glistening letters of rhythm and grace.

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