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Review of <i>Silent Music: A Story of Baghdad</i> by James Rumford

Review of Silent Music: A Story of Baghdad by James Rumford


Roaring Brook Press


New York, New York, United States of America

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Library and Information Science | Modern Literature


Children's literature, reviews


This book was beautifully artistic. It’s told from the perspective of a boy, Ali, who lives in modern-day Baghdad and loves Arabic calligraphy. He teaches readers different names and words in Arabic and relates the story of the famous Arabic calligrapher, Yakut; he also tells of his life in Baghdad and his experience during the war in Iraq. The pages are beautifully drawn and the art in the pages seems to mimic the Arabic letters on the pages with the long curvy lines. The educational quality of the books is quite significant since it teaches young readers about life for Iraqi children as well as pieces of another language. The book’s subtle message for peace is also quite heart-warming as Ali finds it is hard to write “peace” instead of “war” but struggles onward despite his difficulties. The author also provides a brief history and description of Arabic calligraphy in the back, including an overview of Yakut al-Musta´simi. Overall, the book is beautiful, both educationally and artistically. Highly Recommended. Reviewed by Michael Aho, Library Intern, Cedarville University, Cedarville, Ohio


Review of <i>Silent Music: A Story of Baghdad</i> by James Rumford

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