Have you ever listened to a song or a piece of music that has changed your life?
‘Because’ is a celebration of the arts, particularly the beauty and wondrous nature of music, and how it can inspire everyone, especially young children. ‘Because’ is all about the beauty in music and how one young girl’s life is changed by an evening of live music. As she grows up she creates her own masterpieces and her compositions will inspire another child to begin their artistic journey.
I love how this book shows that it only takes a moment to change a child’s life. This is why rich cultural experiences are so important in the lives of young children. Be it visits to the theatre, to the concert hall, to a sports stadium, to see an author at a book event or to any of the other endless possibilities. It only takes one experience or one small moment to spark a child’s curiosity and maybe even start them on a journey to achieving their biggest dreams.
This book is about much more than just the journey of the girl. It is about the wider community of people that all contribute to the arts; the marketing people that create posters, the train and taxi drivers that get people to the concerts, the orchestra, the stage hands, the orchestra's librarian, the cleaners, the ushers and the concertgoers. The arts community is made up of many people and they are all acknowledged and celebrated.
The first half of the book sees pages begin with ‘Because’, “Because a man named Ludwig wrote beautiful music -.” The second half of the book changes tact with the reader getting told what the girl did and why. As such, the text reads, “From that moment on the girl learned everything she could about music - because it fed her.”
The artwork in the book, composed by Amber Ren, is stunning. The pages are an explosion of colour and I love the coloured musical wisps that snake their way through the book capturing the people that are part of the performance.
Recommended for 7+.