One Sweet Song

By Jyoti Rajan Gopal

Illustrated by Sonia Sánchez

In an ode to the power of music and community, this vibrantly illustrated picture book steps out on the balcony for a shared moment of spontaneous joy and celebration.

In a quiet neighborhood, a single note trills through the air. Another note joins, and then another. One by one, curious people are drawn to their windows, doorways and balconies to support the medley. Professional musicians play instruments from around the world, while others bang pots and pans. All are welcome as the notes swirl and dip and crescendo, coming together to make one sweet song. And when the music fades, and this diverse neighbourhood is once again silent, the reverberations of unity remain. Written by a kindergarten teacher and inspired by the balcony singing in Italy during the pandemic – with a countdown from one to ten and back gently woven in – this rhythmic synergy of text and art is a buoyant, global-minded celebration of how music connects us, even in the darkest of times.

Categories: Picture Books

For readers aged: 3+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781529517835
  • Published: 01 Feb 2024
  • Price: £12.99
  • Size: 230 x 260 mm
  • Pages: 40

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Customer reviews


'Inspired by musicians who serenaded their neighbours during lockdowns, this meditative picture book, with its swirling, colourful illustrations, is an ode to the power of togetherness.' The Guardian

'The text is evocative, expressive… This is a book for a classroom or home collection, where the vocabulary is to be savored as much as the artwork.' Books for Keeps

'Powerful rhythms and lilting rhyme combined with spirited illustrations that have coloured swirls and musical notes weaving in and out of the homes, make a once separated community united by joy. Author Jyoti and illustrator Sonia have together created a wonderful celebration of the healing power of music and its capacity to bring people together even in difficult times.' Red Reading Hub

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