Music from the Sky

Music from the Sky

Written by: Gillard, Denise
Illustrated by: Taylor, Stephen
ages 3 to 6 / grades P to 1

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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.

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.

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd — May 14, 2011
Specifications 32 pages | 7.5 in x 10.5 in
Written By 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.
Illustrated by Stephen Taylor, a graduate of Ontario College of Art, has illustrated several children's books.
Written By
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.
Illustrated by
Stephen Taylor, a graduate of Ontario College of Art, has illustrated several children's books.
Audience ages 3 to 6 / grades P to 1
Common Core CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.6
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.5
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.1

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