Friday, June 20, 2008

Silent Music by James Rumford

More than anything, Ali loves calligraphy – “I love to make the ink flow – from my pen stopping and starting, gliding and sweeping, leaping, dancing to the silent music in my head.” The skill and effort required by this art form help young Ali through the difficult nights when the bombs fall and destruction reigns all around his home in Baghdad. The message is clear – the Arabic symbol for Harb (or war) is easy to create; the lovely symbol for Salam (or peace) takes time and practice. The mixed-media illustrations echo the graceful rhythm of calligraphy and the form of the Arabic language to create a picture book that is both somber and hopeful.

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