Lyrical and lovely, Do You Hear What I Hear? by Helen Borten was first published in 1960 and now again in 2016, Flying Eye Books. It speaks of sound, how various it is, how it can stimulate emotion, thought, certain reactions, and how it can be combined to create rhythm and music.
I love every detail about this book—it’s easy size, the texture of the cover and paper, the vivid colours and illustrations, its rich text overflowing with description. The story not only awakens our senses, but also our imagination. Stirs up memories. It encourages us to be aware of the sounds around us, to determine what the source of their creation is, what they might inspire, and how they make us feel.
“I hear sounds everywhere around me. Sounds that can do many different things. They can put me to sleep—like a lullaby…They can take me by surprise—like a sneeze…be as short as the pop! of bubble gum…thick and dark—like molasses…skinny, tinny sounds…delicate as the tinkle of glass…The world is like a great symphony, full of sounds to listen to and enjoy. Do you hear what I hear?”