The Music of Life

Written and Illustrated by Louis Thomas

Lenny dreams of creating a symphony. One night he decides to make his dream come true but has writers block. While seeking for inspiration he hears his cat lap up milk from his bowl. This causes Lenny to start listening to the world around him. Soon he realizes that he is surrounded by music through the ringing of a bicycle bell, his squeaking shoes, a child’s laugh, and the silence of snails. Soon his symphony represents the fullness of life.

I appreciated when Louis Thomas would place focus on the sounds of the world to help the reader recreate those sounds in their mind. Louis chose common sounds that a young reader would be familiar with. The illustrations were simple, and the use of color was appropriate. A white halo would surround the object that inspired Lenny’s symphony and created the illusion that Lenny was conducting an orchestra.

Reviewed by LeeAnne Grover, Media Clerk, Hillside Elementary
Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5 stars)
Interest Level: Preschool-3rd Grade

The Music of Life
Written and Illustrated by Louis Thomas
Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers
40 pages
Release Date: February 18, 2020
ISBN: 9780374303150
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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