Books by Hal Ober

HOW MUSIC CAME TO THE WORLD by Hal Ober
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

The wind god, Quetzalcoatl, climbs to the House of the Sun and brings back musicians—a flute player, a wandering minstrel, singers of lullabies and love songs—who fill the silent earth with music: ``Soon people learned to sing and play, and so did the trees and birds, the whales and wolves, the running streams...'' The adapter details his sources and modifications in an excellent note; in another, the illustrator describes her careful research and ``fusion of motifs from many Mexican cultures.'' The narration has a fresh, lively informality that especially suits it for reading aloud, while Carol Ober's handsomely stylized figures, rich with earth tones and sunny blues and greens, appear in boldly decorative compositions that are just right for group sharing. Compare this to the splendid Richard Lewis version (All of You Was Singing, 1990); the Obers' more accessible rendition makes a fine bridge to Lewis's poetic text and Ed Young's more abstract visual imagery. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-10) Read full book review >