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Music from the Sky

by Denise Gillard
illustrated by Stephen Taylor

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multigenerational, music, african american
list price: $9.95
edition:Paperback
published: 2011
ISBN:9781554981281
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
3 to 6
Grade:
p to 1
Reading age:
3 to 6
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Description

A young girl and her grandfather set out one morning to find the perfect branch for Grampa to carve. Grampa says he's going to make a flute, but the girl is doubtful. She has been to a concert in the city, and knows what a flute looks like. How can her grandfather make one out of a tree branch? But Grampa knows what he is doing and, after finding the right branch, they return home, where he whittles away until the branch is no longer a branch, but a wonderful flute.

Set in rural Nova Scotia in one of Canada's oldest black communities, Music from the Sky captures the special relationship between a girl and her grandfather.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.6
With prompting and support, name the author and illustrator of a story and define the role of each in telling the story.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.1
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.5
Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.

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Contributor notes

Denise Gillard is a Baptist minister. Music from the Sky, her first book, is based on her recollections of summers spent in Nova Scotia with her grandparents. Denise lives in Toronto with her husband and three children.Stephen Taylor is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design and has illustrated several picture books, including One More Border: The True Story of One Family’s Escape from War-Torn Europe by William Kaplan. Stephen lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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Editorial Review

The pictures by Stephen Taylor are realistic, colourful and could almost tell the entire story without any of the words

— CM Magazine
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About the Authors

Denise Gillard

Denise Gillard is a Baptist minister. Music from the Sky, her first book, is based on her recollections of summers spent in Nova Scotia with her grandparents. Denise lives in Toronto with her husband and three children.
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Stephen Taylor

Stephen Taylor is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design and has illustrated several picture books, including One More Border: The True Story of One Family’s Escape from War-Torn Europe by William Kaplan. Stephen lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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