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The Song for Everyone

Written by Lucy Morris

Illustrated by Lucy Morris

Early Years Family / Home Stories Music

LoveReading View on The Song for Everyone

A celebration of music and its power to change our lives

Longlisted for the Klaus Flugge Prize 2022 |

The lives of the inhabitants of a small town are transformed by music in this elegant picture book. The music pours out of a small window high up in the eaves of a house – readers can see it, a stream of flowers, blossom and delicate leaves. The melody banishes a young boy’s loneliness, makes an old lady feel lively and full of joy, gives everyone the thing they are missing and prompts kindness and generosity. When the music suddenly stops, the townspeople work together to help the musician, whose identity will surprise everyone. This gentle story celebrates the power of music in all our lives, as well as the importance of community and love. The illustrations come as close as you can get to a visual representation of music and are full of warmth and fellowship.

Andrea Reece

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The Song for Everyone Synopsis

A timeless and comforting picture book debut about the power of music to transform hearts and minds. From a tiny window, way up high, came a delicate tune. A melody, a song, a sound so sweet ...

Day after day, the song drifts on to the breeze and through the town. It makes the old feel young and comforts the lonely. It fills the whole town with joy and kindness. No one knows who sings the song, but they know it is good. Until one day, the music stops. Can the town work together to save the song for everyone? In a gorgeous, lyrical story, debut picture-book creator Lucy Morris celebrates the joy of music, the importance of community, and the beauty of simple kindnesses. Sometimes it's the smallest things that draw us together.

Perfect for fans of The World Made a Rainbow, this beautiful picture book is one to read again and again.

The Song for Everyone Press Reviews

This charming story will appeal to children and adults ... Something so special deserves to be shared - Armadillo Magazine

Lucy Morris has created a lovely book that does exactly the thing the story describes: provides joy to anyone who experiences it ... A little reminder of how music can move and connect us all - The Great British Bookworm blog

A sweet and special story - Storytime Magazine

Music lovers may relate to a melody's ability to move one's soul and lift the spirits - Kirkus

A blend of poetic text and warm colours - School Library Journal

The illustrations were beautiful and engaging and the whispy swirls from the music helped create a sense of sound without hearing the music ... We particularly liked that it encouraged helping others and a sense of community. A thoroughly enjoyable book - Toddle About

Book Information

ISBN: 9781526631138
Publication date: 3rd February 2022
Author: Lucy Morris
Illustrator: Lucy Morris
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 40 pages
Year Groups: Early Years
Topics: Family / Home Stories, Music

About Lucy Morris

Lucy Morris is based in Norfolk, UK, has an MA in Children's Book Illustration at Anglia Ruskin in Cambridge and a degree in Fine Art Painting from Brighton University. While this is her first picture book, she has been an artist all her life. 

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