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Symphony for a Broken Orchestra: How Philadelphia Collected Sounds to Save Music



by
Amy Ignatow
illustrated by
Gwen Millward

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Candlewick
Imprint
Candlewick
ISBN
9781536213638
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City Elementary

What happens when musical instruments can’t make the sounds we expect them to make? Is music still possible? An uplifting picture book based on a true story.

The schools of Philadelphia were filling up with broken violins, drums, pianos, and more, making it difficult for students to learn to play. This sparked an idea for a symphony, played entirely with the broken instruments, that would raise funds to repair the instruments themselves. Musicians young and old volunteered, and their captivating performance showed that even something broken can sing—and that great music is always possible with a bit of inventiveness and improvisation. Based on real events, this inspiring story introduces young readers to a range of instruments as it celebrates a community coming together to make a joyful, meaningful noise. More information about the nonprofit organization Broken Orchestra can be found in the back matter, including a link to an audio recording of the symphony performance.

More information about Symphony for a Broken Orchestra. A note from Robert Blackson. Full-color digital illustrations. 

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

9 1/2" x 10 3/4"

Dewey

E

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Feb 2023

Book Genres

Picture Book

Topics

Music. Musical instruments. Musicians. Performing arts. Orchestra. Concerts. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Urban and city life. Schools. 

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