“New York Melody”
In New York Melody, written and illustrated by Hélène Druvert, a musical note goes on an adventurous spree through New York City.
The concert begins. One note flies around like kite and secretly floats away.
Broadway is twinkling with a jazz club sound. The note rides on the rhythm of the instruments.
The music plays through night. At dawn, the note awakes to a guitar’s sweet tune in Central Park and follows a cyclist, who whistles the song through the streets of New York City.
This story promotes creative components of imagination, wonder, and perspective.
WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because the illustrations inspire my imagination to be the musical note and float along on its journey. I pretend to be the note and imagine what I would feel, see and hear. I imagine what it would be like to be a musical note in other cities and in small towns.
TITLE:New York Melody
PUBLISHER: Thames & Huson, 2018
AGE GROUP: 5-7
TOPIC(S): music, New York City
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, wonder, perspective
1) Hélène Druvert’s illustrative process uses lasers to cut her detailed paper illustrations.Read this interview and watch the brief video (enclosed in the interview). http://www.letstalkpicturebooks.com/2017/01/lets-talk-helene-druvert.html
Using Druvert’s work as inspiration, draw an image of your favorite animal in a favorite storybook setting and cut it out as an illustrative scene for that story.
2) Make a list of all the instruments you have heard being played. From your list, pick one instrument and imagine the note that it would play. Pretend you are that note and travel to another city. What would you hear? What would you do?
To learn more about author/illustrator Hélène Druvert, visit: