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Groundwood Books

Music from the Sky

Written by Denise Gillard • Illustrated by Stephen Taylor

For students in grades P - 1 | Published May 14, 2011 | ISBN 9781554981281

Cover of Music from the Sky

Regular price $9.95 CAD

32 pages | 10.5 in × 7.5 in
Print Format

About this book

Music from the Sky

Denise Gillard • Stephen Taylor

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.

About the Creators

Denise Gillard

Denise Gillard is a Baptist minister. Music from the Sky is based on her recollections of summers spent in Nova Scotia with her grandparents. She lives in Toronto.

Stephen Taylor

Stephen Taylor, a graduate of Ontario College of Art, has illustrated several children's books.

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