The Melody is a magical, lyrical allegory that shares a song’s search for something or someone to sing it. The melody asks the mountains, the trees, the stones, and the river if they could use a melody, but each one declines. Then the melody asks a variety of different animals, including a crow, a mole, and a horse, if they would like a new melody to sing, but each of them has its own reason for not wanting to share it. Finally, the melody sees a mother rocking her baby in the garden. It enters her heart and the mother sings the beautiful song.
The Melody is an English translation of a bedtime story written by one of the founders of children’s literature in Hebrew, Oded Burla. It is based on a story from the Deuteronomy, where the Torah is presented to the nations of the world, but all reject it except for the Jews at Sinai. While this sweet tale grows out of Jewish tradition, the lesson of sharing a gift, whether through song, story, art, or any talent at all, transcends religion.
The warm and colorful illustrations invite the reader to settle in bed, cuddle with their favorite little person, and share this lyrical story.