October 30, 2010
Silent Music by James Rumford
written and illustrated by James Rumford
Even during troubled times, life in Baghdad is more than bombs and war. For Ali, there is also soccer, his family, music, and his artistic passion — calligraphy.
The curving flow of letters and words across the page is, to Ali, like the graceful motions of a great soccer player. He practices on the margins of every piece of paper he can and also in the steam on the bathroom mirror. Even as the bombs fall, Ali can turn to calligraphy to fill his mind with peace. Still, Ali practices, mastering the easy words and the hard words just as everyone struggles toward the difficult to find salam, peace.
Young Iraqi’s will find much to be proud of in this story drawn from the culture just as other young readers will learn that there is so much more to that part of the world than we hear about on the news. An excellent choice for young readers who also love art and who have a curiosity about lands that are far away but still, in many ways, so much like home.
Full of families and children struggling to grow and to learn.