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The Extraordinary Music of Mr. Ives: The True Story of a Famous American Composer



by
Joanne Stanbridge

Edition
Library edition
Publisher
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Imprint
Houghton Mifflin
ISBN
9780547238661
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JLG Category

Easy Reading Plus

In May 1915, a German torpedo sunk the passenger ship Lusitania. Charles Ives, who heard melody in everything, turned America’s grief into music. Musicians inspired by Charles Ives. Author’s note. Further reading and listening. Selected sources. Photograph of Charles Ives. Full-color ink and watercolor illustrations.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

32

Trim Size

11" x 8/12"

Dewey

780.92

AR

4.2: points 0.5

Lexile

AD730L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

2

JLG Release

Nov 2012

Book Genres


Topics

Charles Ives (1874-1954). U.S. composers. New York, New York. The sinking of the Lusitania, 1915.

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Junior Library Guild

  • Spare, evocative text relates a historical tale with remarkable simplicity and emotion.
  • A series of wordless spreads conveys the drama of the sinking of the Lusitania by focusing in particular on one child’s rescue (more information on this is provided in the author’s note). The spreads also draw attention to the relationship among silence, noise, and music—a major theme in the narrative, as in Charles Ives’s compositions.
  • Joanne Stanbridge’s illustrations, while almost cartoonish in style, are filled with a tenderness and specificity that imbues the characters with feeling.
  • An emphasis on Ives’s dedication to his craft, despite the relative anonymity he experienced during his lifetime, will move readers. A detailing of his posthumous popularity and influence ends the story on a positive note.

Praise & Reviews

Junior Library Guild

  • Spare, evocative text relates a historical tale with remarkable simplicity and emotion.
  • A series of wordless spreads conveys the drama of the sinking of the Lusitania by focusing in particular on one child’s rescue (more information on this is provided in the author’s note). The spreads also draw attention to the relationship among silence, noise, and music—a major theme in the narrative, as in Charles Ives’s compositions.
  • Joanne Stanbridge’s illustrations, while almost cartoonish in style, are filled with a tenderness and specificity that imbues the characters with feeling.
  • An emphasis on Ives’s dedication to his craft, despite the relative anonymity he experienced during his lifetime, will move readers. A detailing of his posthumous popularity and influence ends the story on a positive note.

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