Summer Moonlight Concert (One Story, One Song)

Han Han, trans. from the Chinese by Xinyi Tan. The Secret Mountain, $16.95 (40p) ISBN 978-2-924774-87-8
First published in China, this picture book by Han follows child Xiaomi and her parents when they experience a blackout one summer night. Dismay gives way to delight when Dad suggests a courtyard concert. As Dad plays the erhu, Mom accompanies him on the accordion, and Xiaomi introduces the musicians. The following spread shows eight square panels of apartment building neighbors as they hear the music from above, before walking down to join the family and dance. Though the text sometimes tells rather than shows (“Everyone clapped and thanked the musicians for an unforgettable summer moonlight concert”), art that highlights delicate features and realistic postures gives the book a classic feel, while bleeding washes of watercolor lend atmosphere. A capably told story about the community-building powers of music. Accompanied by a CD recording of a readaloud and a song, as well as a code for digital downloads. Ages 7–9. (May)
Reviewed on : 05/13/2021
Release date: 05/01/2021
Genre: Children's
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