We Light Up the Sky with Music!

by Nick Maland (Author)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

This tender tale of showing care to a loved one will resonate with anyone who has ever found joy and purpose in music.

Old Bear sits inside, staring at gray skies. He hasn't gone outside in quite a while. So Little Bear decides it's time for a walk! The weather is windy and Old Bear isn't thrilled to be outdoors, but Little Bear coaxes him, "Let's walk a little further." Then, suddenly, a curious noise catches both of their ears--an old saxophone lying in the alleyway!

Can it be restored?

Perhaps a bit of good company and teamwork is just what Old Bear could use to find his groove again.

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Kirkus Reviews


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A celebratory storytime about community connection through music. —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

[A] charming, uplifting story. . . Inspiring.—Kirkus Reviews
Nick Maland
Nick Maland is an award-winning children's illustrator. He studied English and Drama at London University and very much wanted to be an actor, but discovered a love for drawing through set design. In addition to numerous children's books, his work has been published with The Times, The Guardian, and The Observer. He lives in England. We Light up the Sky with Music is his first picture book as author and illustrator. Follow him on Instagram @nickmaland and visit him on the web at NickMaland.co.uk.
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Peachtree Publishers
Publication date
January 16, 2024
BISAC categories
JUV002030 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Bears
JUV013030 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | Multigenerational
JUV031040 - Juvenile Fiction | Performing Arts | Music
Library of Congress categories
Picture books

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