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Music from the Sky

Written by Denise Gillard

Illustrated by Stephen Taylor

  • 32 Pages
  • 9781554981281
  • 10.5" x 7.5"
  • Reading age from 3 to 6
  • JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / African-American
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Multigenerational


Publication Date May 14, 2011

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.


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.

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.


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