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Title:
Musician from the darkness
Author:
Clément, Claude, 1946-
Personal Author:
Edition:
[First U.S. edition].
Publication Information:
Boston : National Braille Press, [1991?]

©1989
Physical Description:
26 unnumbered pages of print and Braille: color illustrations ; 24 x 28 cm.
Summary:
An outsider in a primitive hunting society learns about the power of music as both an agent of destruction and consolation.
General Note:
Text in Braille and English.

Reprint. Originally published : Boston : Little, Brown, 1990.
Language:
English
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780316147408
Format :
Book

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An outsider in a primitive hunting society learns about the power of music as both an agent of destruction and consolation.


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-- Sumptuous paintings of a prehistoric world inhabited by wild birds and primitive cave dwellers suggest that this picture book for older children would be useful in studying the paleolithic era. However, the story of the tribesman who invents a flute and discovers musical sounds inspires more questions than it answers about the origins of human speech. Who is the ``man with the sky-blue eyes'' and why is he, alone, sensitive to the death of the birds who respond to his musical notes? Why have these early men weapons, rituals, and cave paintings, but no speech? And was the sole purpose of the first ``music'' not for communication, or pleasure, but simply to overcome their fear of the dark? This book is an example of appealing illustrations, matched with a weak text. Perhaps it is the translation that is at fault, but the story lacks a strong, convincing theme. --Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.