Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.
A Mom Is the Secret to Hearing a Beautiful Melody
Beautiful Song Melody Can Be Only Heard in a Special Way
Oded Burla's The Melody is a beautifully told story about a song melody that is looking for someone to listen to it. The melody knows that it deserves someone who will listen, and begins its journey through the sky in search of its desire to be heard. The melody finds a mountain but the mountain does not want to listen. The trees in the woods do not want to listen because they have their own songs. The melody is discouraged, but continues to look. A mole does not want to listen because it has no one to sing the melody to. Rocks do not sing. The horse does not want to be a singing horse. A surprise ending has the answer to who will listen to the beautiful melody and share it by singing.
Assaf Benharroch contributed his talents as an illustrator with beautifully colored illustrations that fill the pages and tell the melody's story of its search for someone who will listen and sing it.
Oded Burla, an Israeli author of children's books, includes a back story of the connection that this story of a beautiful melody has to the Jewish Torah. He believes that the Torah should be shared just like the beautiful melody in the story.
The Melody was published by Kalaniot Books and is recommended for ages 5-10. It has an ISBN of 978-1-7350875-5-9.
Beautifully Colored Illustrations Help Tell the Story of the Melody
Meet the Author and Illustrator
Oded Burla is an Israeli author who wrote and illustrated 70 books. He is considered to be one of the founders of books for children that are written in the Hebrew language.
Assaf Benharroch is an Israeli illustrator who contributed his talents to The Melody. He teaches digital illustration at Shenkar college of Engineering and Design.
A Back Story to The Melody
Burla includes a back story connection that his beautiful picture book and story of the melody has to the Jewish Torah. He writes that his story is similar to an old Jewish tale that has a two-thousand- year old connection to the Bible and the Jewish Torah. This two-thousand- year-old commentary on the Bible writes that God offered the Torah, or Hebrew Bible, to all the people in the ancient world. All of the nations refused to accept the Torah because each nation could not follow its laws. The Torah was finally presented to the Jewish people on top of Mount Sinai. The Jewish people were the only ones to accfept the Torah as their own book of rules. The mother in The Melody sings and shares the song with her child. The similarity of this beautiful story demonstrates that each Jewish family is responsible for sharing the Torah with each generation to keep the Torah alive in Jewish faith and culture.
Bring The Melody Into the Classroom for Multicultural Lessons and Activities
I always used a variety of multicultural stories and picture books in my classroom for early elementary students. Burla's The Melody has several options for providing activities that are multicultural and enriching for young students.
*Read The Melody in a story time session. Call attention to the imaginative illustration of the melody in the sky. What is the melody looking for?
*Provide some gentle or classical music for the students to listen to while reading. Teach the concept of a melody in music.
*Provide a recording of a lullaby. This is the type of melody that the mother sang to her child.
*Engage the students in a class discussion of why they might think that it is important to share music with others.
*Teachers who teach children from Jewish families might like to explore the back story with their students.