This beautiful book is something that all children educated in the Waldorf tradition can relate to. In Waldorf early childhood classes up until the middle grades students are encouraged to create music through verse, through song, through rhythm and even using objects from nature. What a joy for them to read a book about a boy who is doing the same thing!
Another wonderful aspect of this book is its focus on rhythm. We all know how important rhythm is in Waldorf education and in the education of the child. This book is the perfect way to open up their eyes and ears to the world of rhythm that surrounds them and help them to see rhythm where they might have seen none before.
Brian Pinkney has illustrated numerous acclaimed books for children, including Martin Rising; In Your Hands; On the Ball; The Faithful Friend; Duke Ellington; and In the Time of the Drums. His many awards include two Caldecott Honors, a Coretta Scott King Illustration Award, four Coretta Scott King Illustration Honors, and the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award. Brian lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and frequent collaborator, Andrea Davis Pinkney.