Synopses & Reviews
The Russian artists Igor Stravinsky and Vaslav Nijinsky were popular in their time: Stravinsky for music, Nijinsky for dance. When their radically new ballet, The Rite of Spring, was first performed in Paris on May 29, 1913, the reaction was so polarized, there were fistfights and riots! Brilliant or disastrous, the performance marked the birth of modern music and dance. Stringerand#8217;s rhythmic text and gloriously inventive, color-rich paintings capture the wild and imaginative collaboration of composer and choreographer. The fascinating author note includes photos of the dynamic duo and The Rite of Spring dancers.
"Evolution is what has created the living world and what keeps it going. If we do not understand evolution, we will never understand our world. How lucky our children are to have this beautiful and moving guide from which to learn!"
--Dr. Ernst Mayr
Professor of Zoology, Emeritus, Harvard University
"This one will make kids want to sit down and listen to the music for themselves."
and#8212;Booklist, starred review
"Music and dance made entertaining and joyous."
and#8212;Kirkus, starred review
and#8220;With music education programs evaporating from classrooms across the country, picture books have had to assume the baton. . . Not many look closely at the art of musical collaboration, and Stringer does that here with imaginative spark and dynamism. . . Itand#8217;s enough to make readers want to put down the book and turn on the music.and#8221;
and#8212;New York Times Online
"Stringer trusts readers with a challenging and exciting account of the transformative power of visionary, risk-taking art."
and#8212;Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Composed with much alliterative, musical language, and onomatopoeia, this narrative flows beautifully. . . This book would be the perfect accompaniment in music lessons exploring the 100th anniversary of the famous work, and may inspire young musicians to create their own and deinitely different work."
and#8212;School Library Journal, starred review
All of us are part of an old, old family. The roots of our family tree reach back millions of years to the beginning of life on earth. Open this family album and embark on an amazing journey. You'll meet some of our oldest relatives--from both the land and
the sea--and discover what we inherited from each of them along the many steps of our wondrous past.
Complete with an illustrated timeline and glossary, here is the story of human evolution as it's never been told before.
Complete with an illustrated timeline and glossary, here is the story of human evolution as it's never
been told before.
Composer Stravinsky and choreographer Nijinsky,and#160;Russian comrades,and#160;worked together to bring a very different and new ballet to a Parisian audience--and rioting filled the streets!
About the Author
LISA WESTBERG PETERS
is the author of several acclaimed picture books, including Cold Little Duck, Duck, Duck
and The Sun, the Wind and the Rain
. She lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
LAUREN STRINGER has illustrated many well-loved picture books. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.