The Music in George’s Head: George Gershwin Creates Rhapsody in Blue

by Suzanne Slade

Illustrations by Stacy Innerst

Gershwin combined various kinds of music to create his masterpiece, Rhapsody in Blue, a whirlwind composition of notes, sounds, and one long wail of a clarinet. Author’s note. Illustrator’s note. Time line. Selected bibliography. Full-color illustrations done in acrylic, with scanned textiles and papers incorporated.

ISBN: 9781629790992

JLG Release: September 2016

JLG Member Price

Arts Elementary

Grades 2-6


14 books / $17.05 a book

  • Book Details




    Print Book


    Hardcover edition


    Calkins Creek

    Page Count


    Trim Size

    10" x 9"

    Accelerated Reader

    Level: 3.9, Points: 0.5

    Scholastic Reading Counts

    Level: 4.2, Points: 1


    Level: 680L

    Awards & Honors

    The Kirkus Prize 2016 Nominee, Young Readers
    Booklist Top 10 Books for Youth 2016, Arts
    CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2017, K–2
    Parents’ Choice Award Winner, Nonfiction Gold
    The Golden Kite Awards, 2017 Winner, Picture Book Illustration



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