Synopses & Reviews
When the Lusitania was attacked in 1915, the American composer and New Yorker Charles Ives transformed the experience of this heartbreaking news into a musical piece. It begins with a jumble of traffic noises, then the hurdy-gurdy swells into the lovely old hymn and#8220;In the Sweet Bye-and-Bye.and#8221; In lyrical text and watercolorsand#8212;sometimes in dramatic wordless spreadsand#8212;this thoughtful picture book reveals not only a wartime tragedy, but a composerand#8217;s conviction that everyday music can convey profound emotionand#8212;and help heal a city. Young readers will understand that if they listen, music can be heard in the unlikeliest of places, from the busy chatter of a market to the wail of a fire engine.
"Unstuffs a host of shirts and delivers wonderful musical trivia."--Newsweek
* "Bravo! A collective biography that is informative and fun to read."--School Library Journal, starred review
* "Living, breathing anecdotes--the stuff of which the best biography is made."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Unthreatening despite its subject matter, yet impressively moving."
"Stanbridge writes well for young children, with a straightforward bu absorbing text."
and#8212;New York Times Book Review
"Stanbridge's work is its own curious, yet quietly inspired composition, a meditative ode to an artist."
Here are the life stories of such diverse figures as Vivaldi, Mozart, Scott Joplin, Nadia Boulanger, and Woody Guthrie. Readers will learn of both their musical natures and the personal, humorous characteristics that make their lives so fascinating.
It's no secret that Beethoven went deaf, that Mozart had constant money problems, and that Gilbert and Sullivan wrote musicals. But what were these people--and other famous musicians--really
like? What did they eat? What did they wear? How did they spend their time? And--possibly most interesting of all--what did their neighbors think?
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Discover the fascinating and often humorous stories of twenty famous musicians--people of all shapes, sizes, temperaments, and lifestyles, from various countries and historical periods. Beginning with Vivaldi and ending with Woodie Guthrie, Lives of the Musicians brings musical history to life!
What are musicians really
A tender account of how Charles Ives came to compose the music that expressed the grief and shock of the whole city of New York after the sinking of the Lusitania.
About the Author
Kathleen Krulland#160;has written muchand#160;innovative nonfiction for young people, including all of the books in the Lives of . . .
series, and has made a chatty, accessible approach to biography her hallmark. She lives in San Diego, California. Visit her website at www.kathleenkrull.com
. and#160; Kathryn Hewitt's caricatures of famous figures led kids to dub the Lives of . . .
series the "Big Head" books. She has illustrated many books for young readers, some of which she also wrote. She lives in Santa Monica, California. Visit her website at www.kathrynhewitt.com