Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 3 to 6
- Grade: p to 1
- Reading age: 3 to 6
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:
With prompting and support, name the author and illustrator of a story and define the role of each in telling the story.
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.
About the authors
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.
During his twenty-five years of practice as an herbalist, Stephen Taylor has explored the traditional foundations of Western medicine, drawing inspiration from the ancient herbalists Hippocrates and Galen, and the medieval herbalist Nicholas Culpeper. While exploring the surviving folk traditions of Europe, he has also trained in Eastern and African traditions of ancient medicine. Having made extensive visits to learn from the traditional healers of Africa, he eventually became initiated as a traditional healer and diviner himself. He continues to practice herbal medicine, teach, and research, and he grows and produces many of his own medicines.
The pictures by Stephen Taylor are realistic, colourful and could almost tell the entire story without any of the words
Other titles by Denise Gillard
Other titles by Stephen Taylor
The Humoral Herbal
A practical guide to the Western Energetic system of health, lifestyle and herbs
Une musique du ciel
Waiting for the Queen
Perspectives de vie à Londres et Tokyo
Some Ideas on Living in London and Tokyo
One More Border
The True Story of One Family's Escape From War-Torn Europe