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Author: Joanne Stanbridge
Key Words: Children, Music, Composers, History

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Book Description:

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 “In the Sweet Bye-and-Bye.” In lyrical text and watercolors—sometimes in dramatic wordless spreads—this thoughtful picture book reveals not only a wartime tragedy, but a composer’s conviction that everyday music can convey profound emotion—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.

Reviewers Thoughts

Rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book highlights the story of how the composer, Charles Ives, was inspired to write an orchestral piece after the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915.

If you're curious about the piece, there is a video on youtube that you can listen to. The piece is atonal and discordant, so may not be everyone's cup of tea.

Book Details

Cleanliness: no incidents.

Ages: 5 - 8

Grade Level: K - 3rd

Pages: 32

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5 = Loved It, 4 = Really Liked It, 3 = Liked It, 2 = It's Okay, 1 = Didn't Like It.

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