HOW MUSIC CAME TO THE WORLD by Hal Ober

HOW MUSIC CAME TO THE WORLD

An Ancient Mexican Myth
adapted by & illustrated by
Age Range: 5 - 10
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 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)

Pub Date: March 1st, 1994
ISBN: 0-395-67523-5
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 1994