These are some of Errol's wonderful books. Click on
each book to read what the main character says about it.
The book came to
me as a gift when I was reading anecdotes on the lives of great composers. I was
interested in Beethoven, but after Beethoven came Bellini, and there I came upon
a story. The romantic tale of Bellini and Maddalena’s thwarted love, their
pledge to be together after his tenth opera, and the white dove that appeared to
him towards the end all stayed with me and I couldn’t let them go.
of the Dove is a ‘mostly true’ story. I wove the white dove through the
text, and now I see the book itself as a metaphor. I think there is something
there for readers of every age level.
information, education packs and sheet music: www.walkerbooks.com.au
SONG OF THE DOVE
Listed in 4th CJ Picture Book Awards top 100 international titles
My name is
Vincenzo Bellini. You may have heard of me – and my music. I never
wanted you to hear this story. Parts of it still hurt me. But Errol
Broome has brought it all back. Sonia Kretschmar’s illustrations have
even captured my likeness.
and the cobbled streets we walked together, Maddalena and I. Ah,
Maddalena, my white dove! You might think it’s a sad story, but
Maddalena and I are happy at last. Dio mio! Have I given away the
Here's what other people have said
about this book:
... This handsome and truly romantic tale ...
This is a special book for a special reader and
would be a boon for teachers of music or any who recognize the
importance of ‘the arts’ in a truly liberal education.
Saxby, Reading Time
, August 2011
Keep your eyes peeled for Song of the Dove a love story... it has to be seen to be truly
appreciated....possibly one of the most beautifully illustrated picture
books I have seen for a long time.
What a stunning introduction to classical
The Book Gryffin,
March 20, 2011
Simply yet evocatively told, beautifully
produced and stunningly illustrated...
Kids Book review,
May 6, 2011
Errol Broome has a passion for history and she
brings it compellingly to life in this unusual children’s book which
should inspire young readers to search for more information about the
person behind the music...
Bell, ABC Radio
May 5, 2011
As romantic and dramatic as his operas, Song of the Dove can be read on several levels...
NSW Association for Gifted & Talented Children
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