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Once Upon a Rhythm The story of music

Written by James Carter

Illustrated by Valerio Vidali

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Another of James Carter’s highly successful, poetic and playful non-fiction titles

Just like the award short-listed title Once Upon a Raindrop, this is a wonderful topic introduction, but this time revealing the origins and essentials of music in all its forms. A colourful visual treat from the notation themed endpapers to the irresistible, exuberant and inclusive depictions of the drumming, dance and song that have been a vital part of human life since ancient times. We journey through  songs originating around the campfire and passed down through the generations, the development of instruments and musical notation right up to the genres which we enjoy today.   Engaging and informative and ending with an acrostic  poem, based upon the word Rhythm, of useful information about musical history, this book begs to be read aloud. The page design using bold text and red for emphasis ensures that nobody could fail to catch the beat. It is a real celebration of rhythm designed to inspire young musicians everywhere to get involved. Music has always been a part of James Carter’s school performances so he is absolutely the perfect match for this topic and this poem would be great piece to use for choral speaking performances in assemblies and the like.

Joy Court

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Discover the journey of the origins of music, from the drum beats of ancient civilisations, to the oral stories passed down the generations through song, to the myriad genres we enjoy today. James Carter’s narrative verse takes the reader on an incredible journey – illuminated by Valerio Vidali’s vivid illustrations. The worlds of poetry and non-fiction collide in Once Upon a Rhythm to create a beautiful, unique picture book about the history of musical exploration.

Once Upon a Rhythm showcases poetry at it’s very best – playful, rhythmic, entertaining and informative. This book, adding to Carter’s growing selection of visual and poetic non-fiction titles are brilliant for reading aloud. This is a timely addition to any discussion with youngsters about the significance of expression, of celebration, and creative endeavour. 


Once Upon a Rhythm The story of music Synopsis

It hums and it thrumsvthrough day and night the magical, mystical rhythm of life!

Follow the story of music back to the very beginning. Did it start with a stomp or a clap? This playful poem is an ode to the colourful world of music and rhythm

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ISBN: 9781848578449
Publication date: 08/08/2019
Publisher: Caterpillar Books Ltd an imprint of Little Tiger Press Group
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781848578449
Publication date: 8th August 2019
Author: James Carter
Illustrator: Valerio Vidali
Publisher: Caterpillar Books Ltd an imprint of Little Tiger Press Group
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers
Genres: Music, True Stories

About James Carter

James Carter is an award-winning children's poet. He travels all over the cosmos (well, Britain), with his guitar (that's Keith) to give lively poetry performances and workshops.  James once had hair, extremely long hair (honestly), and he played in a really nasty ultra-loud heavy rock band. And, as a lifelong space cadet, James has discovered that poems are the best place to gather all his daydreamy thoughts.  What's more, he believes that daydreaming for ten minutes every day should be compulsory in all schools.  His poetry titles include Cars Stars Electric Guitars and Orange Silver Sausage (Walker ...

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