One Sweet Song


How might we connect with each other when we’re locked down, isolated and afraid? Could there be methods beyond social media or telephone, for example? What about with One Sweet Song?

Could it be that when ‘One note trills…/ floating in the air‘ that it might lead to ‘Five notes,/ six note,/ seven notes SOAR[ing}// from balconies/ windows,/ every door’? Then again, what about those listening? From the home worker to the school child? The lonely mother and baby, to the howling dog?

Jyoti Rajan Gopal and Sonia Sánchez build upon the real life actions across Italian balconies during the Covid pandemic for One Sweet Song. We can almost hear the triangle chime and then feel the rush of curtains, the hurried search for something to strike or blow. In fact, we recognise this pulse for community, for something pure and hopeful.

Bookwagon loves and recommends One Sweet Song for sharing, maybe acting upon, knowing and loving.

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One Sweet Song

Jyoti Rajan Gopal, illustrated by Sonia Sánchez

(Walker Books)

‘One note trills…/ flouting in the air,/ A little girl listens,/ perched on a chair’. Is it possible that this little girl might ‘ring- a chime./ soft and true’ that she might build upon that note? Thereafter might these two notes be joined? Maybe quirk lilting, crooning sweeps of violin twirls? Furthermore, might these notes be built upon, developed to form a community? In fact might this become One Sweet Song?
Jyoti Rajan Gopal and Sonia Sánchez, whom we know from Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away collaborate on picture book of hope. What’s more, this has been  imagined from real- life. During the Covid pandemic, Italian balconies were rich with choral singing. In fact, don’t we all long for that connection, especially when we’re isolated and scared? The again, the way that  the reactions to the building music is shown is so beautiful. It seems to connect us too. For example, we’ve the baby in the crib, the dancing grandchild and grandmother, beating pots and pans. What’s more, we’ve such a variety of instruments, sounds and players! So many interpretations!
Bookwagon loves this imaginative, rich and hopeful picture book. In fact we recommend One Sweet Song for sharing in assemblies, for reading together, knowing well, and even building music upon.


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