Song, A

A Song

James Christopher Carroll (Author & Illustrator)

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A girl who responds to the song that calls to her serves as an example to those who have forgotten how to listen to their lives, how to discern music from noise, how to follow the path of mystery and adventure set before them.


Mixed-media illustrations give a dreamlike quality to this poem. Carroll’s words are few—no more than four to a page —giving space to his illustrations: swirls and circles, strange creatures and stylized trees, houses glowing with starlight. A girl hears a song and follows it into woods, where she encounters chickens and mice, alligators in harlequin pants, an elephant with a guitar. This gorgeous, mysterious book is published by a longtime Mankato publisher.

–Laurie Hertzel, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) , 11/24/2019