Synopses & Reviews
"The Maestro plays. He plays proudly. He plays loudly. He plays slowly. He plays oh-ly."
Bravo to the three maestros who created this virtuoso picture book!
There is Maestro Bill Martin, who writes cunningly, punningly, winningly, grinnnigly, unsinningly.
There is Maestro Vladimir Radunsky, who illstrates smartly, artily, grandly (never blandly).
And there is the Maestro of the story himself, who amuses wryly, informs on-the-slyly, and encourages children to see how masterfully they can play with words.
"Radunskys stylized, hand-colored, cut-paper art triumphantly illustrates Martins playful paean to adverbs. At center stage is a clownlike creature, ‘The Maestro, who plays a progression of instruments." --Publishers Weekly
, starred review
First published as part of a school reading program in 1971, this newly illustrated edition of The Maestro Plays now takes its place next to Bill Martin's Knots on a Counting Rope and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? as a staple of preschool literature.
About the Author
Bill Martin, Jr. (1916-2004) was an elementary-school principal, teacher, writer, and poet. His more than 300 books, among them the bestselling classics Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?; Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?; Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?; and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, are a testament to his ability to speak directly to children. Martin held a doctoral degree in early childhood education. Born in Kansas, he worked as an elementary-school principal in Chicago before moving to New York City, where he worked in publishing developing innovative reading programs for schools. After several years, he devoted himself full-time to writing his childrens books. He lived in New York until 1993, when he moved to Texas. He lived in the east Texas woods, near the town of Commerce, until he passed away in 2004. Vladimir Radunsky is the prize-winning artist of The Pup Grew Up!, Hail to Mail, and Square, Triangle, Round, Skinny. The pictures for The Maestro Plays were created in hand-colored cut paper.