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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Lourde is passionate about his music. Even as a toddler, he loved to sing. As he grew up, he developed a passion for playing the drums and the violin. But what he loved most was singing. Everywhere he went, he was singing. He sang into a wooden spoon, a brush, anything that looked like a microphone until his grandma gave him a real microphone. His imagination knew no limits as the young boy grew up singing one song after another. His parents called him their singing bird.
Music is a powerful tool. Some people are born with music in their souls, like Lourde. It’s all-consuming, but in a good way, as the music creates a beautiful person. Lourde is a beautiful person. His life is surrounded by the beauty of his music. Every waking hour is filled with his music and probably his dreams are as well. Gloria J. Harris (Naejh) has written a wonderful story to honor Lourde’s passion for music and particularly singing. This picture book story, Singing Bird: A Child’s Story, was written by Lourde’s grandmother. The delightful illustrations document a young boy’s life as he grows with his music.
A true story, it’s also an inspirational story for young readers, one that will definitely encourage young people to believe deeply and to follow their dreams and honor their talents. It will also encourage young readers to use their imaginations and be creative. Lourde is a good role model for young creative souls. A beautiful story, beautifully told. A tribute to a musical soul.