THE SONG FOR EVERYONE, by Lucy Morris, Bloomsbury Children’s Books; Illustrated Edition, Oct. 6, 2020, Hardcover, $18.99 (ages 3-6)
Music brings a community together in Lucy Morris’ The Song for Everyone.
A cat, a boy, an elderly woman, and a line of students may appear to have little in common, but when they pass under the same window, each are swept up and transformed in different ways by the magical music that streams toward them and buoys their weary spirits. But one day, the music stops, and the town must work together to save the music that they grew to love. —Synopsis provided by Bloomsbury Children’s Books
The Song for Everyone is on its face a simple book, but it is so much more than first appearances. From the gentle text — “The sound flowed down and wrapped itself around her weary body. At that moment she felt so lively and full of joy.” — to the swirls, flowers and leaves of the music, this book is special.
Lucy Morris’ beautiful illustrations immediately catch your eye. Her integration of the music into everyday things and activities is thoughtful and playful at the same time. Her use of space is to be commended, as well.
This lovely picture book is a study of emotions and how music and community play into them.
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