Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring

By: Jan Greenberg

Sandra Jordan

Illustrator: Brian Floca

"The dancer and choreographer. The composer. The artist. Together they created a ballet about a new home, a new family, a new life. A dance about America." Martha Graham, Aaron Copland, and Isamu Noguchi collaborated on Appalachian Spring. The ballet opened in 1944 but was so untraditional that they wondered whether the audience would understand it. Short biographies of Graham, Copland, and Noguchi. Bibliography. Source notes. Full-color illustrations done in watercolor.

ISBN: 9781596433380

JLG Release: Sep 2010


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Dance , Ballet , Artists' collaborations , Appalachian Spring , Martha Graham (1894-1991) , Aaron Copland (1900-1990) , Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988)

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Awards & Honors

2011 NCTE Orbis Pictus Award Winner; 2011 ALA Notable Children’s Books, Middle Readers; Booklist 2010 Editor’s Choice, Books for Youth, Nonfiction, Middle Readers; Booklist Top 10 Arts Books for Youth 2010; Horn Book Fanfare, Best Books of 2010, Nonfiction; Kirkus Reviews 2010 Best Children’s Books; Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Books 2010, Picture Books; School Library Journal Best Books 2010: Nonfiction

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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School Library Journal

This dynamic picture book presents the story of the collaborative genius behind the classic ballet. Dance lovers will be intrigued by the poetic narrative and bold watercolors, while readers interested in learning more about Graham and her fellow artists-composer Aaron Copland and set designer Isamu Noguchi-will appreciate the impressive back ma

This dynamic picture book presents the story of the collaborative genius behind the classic ballet. Dance lovers will be intrigued by the poetic narrative and bold watercolors, while readers interested in learning more about Graham and her fellow artists-composer Aaron Copland and set designer Isamu Noguchi-will appreciate the impressive back matter.

Horn Book

Martha Graham asked Aaron Copland to create the music for a new ballet, "a legend of American living." Using spare, concise sentences, the authors echo Graham's approach to dance: nothing's wasted, and in such exactness lies beauty. Floca's fluid, energetic line and watercolor illustrations also echo the plain boldness of Graham's choreography. Fur Martha Graham asked Aaron Copland to create the music for a new ballet, "a legend of American living." Using spare, concise sentences, the authors echo Graham's approach to dance: nothing's wasted, and in such exactness lies beauty. Floca's fluid, energetic line and watercolor illustrations also echo the plain boldness of Graham's choreography. Further information about the artists rounds out this remarkable book. Websites. Bib.

Junior Library Guild


• A behind-the-scenes look at the artists’ processes as they work in their respective fields of dance, music, and design.
• As Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan provide background about Martha Graham’s style of dancing, they also introduce readers to the story of Appalachian Spring.
• Brian Floca’s expressive waterco

• A behind-the-scenes look at the artists’ processes as they work in their respective fields of dance, music, and design.
• As Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan provide background about Martha Graham’s style of dancing, they also introduce readers to the story of Appalachian Spring.
• Brian Floca’s expressive watercolor illustrations bring the artists’ work and the performance of the ballet to life.
• Biographical information included in the back matter explains the three artists’ different experiences of being U.S. citizens. It seems especially fitting that they came together to produce the celebrated ballet that Graham intended as “a legend of American living.”

Book Details

ISBN

9781596433380

First Release

September 2010

Genre

Nonfiction.

Dewey Classification

792.82

Trim Size

10" x 10 1/2"

Page Count

48

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.2; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 3.4; Points: 0;

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Roaring Brook

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Dance, Ballet, Artists' collaborations, Appalachian Spring, Martha Graham (1894-1991), Aaron Copland (1900-1990), Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988),

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