The music turned into color and light and filled the room.
A young boy remembers quietly watching his father read the paper and sip a cup of coffee. He remembers his sweet momma, who lovingly pressed away the wrinkles on his clothes. Then one day, his father is gone and his momma falls ill. But through his love of music he feels his father’s warm hugs and his mother’s kisses. He learns to relax, shine, and dream as the music fills his soul.
From four-time Caldecott honoree Bryan Collier comes a moving and gorgeously illustrated exploration of healing the soul through music.
Bryan Collier has illustrated more than thirty-five picture books, including the award-winning Trombone Shorty, Dave the Potter, and Knock Knock: My Father’s Dream for Me, as well as City Shapes and Fifty Cents and a Dream, and has received four Caldecott Honors and six Coretta Scott King Awards. He lives with his wife and children in Marlboro, New York.
Praise for Music is a Rainbow
Best Book of 2022
"The book’s watchful protagonist moves through the world with an endearing tentativeness
, making scenes in which the boy connects clearly to music all the more joyful and hopeful.
"...a poignant message
about the potential of the arts to foster children’s development."—Horn Book
"Collier’s portraiture transfixes the reader with the boy’s hesitant and tender gaze throughout.
An optimistic ending reassures the reader of the child’s healing connection to music."—Booklist
*"A poetic collage of emotion and purpose
and a vibrant testament to the power of music
."—Kirkus, starred review