The Extraordinary Music of Mr. Ives: The True Story of a Famous American Composer by Joanne StanbridgeThe Extraordinary Music of Mr. Ives: The True Story of a Famous American Composer by Joanne Stanbridge

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

byJoanne StanbridgeIllustratorJoanne Stanbridge

Hardcover | October 9, 2012

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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.
Joanne Stanbridge has written and illustrated several books for young readers in Canada. This is her first book for Houghton Mifflin and her U.S. debut. She lives in Ontario. Visit her at www.joannestanbridge.com .
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Title:The Extraordinary Music of Mr. Ives: The True Story of a Famous American ComposerFormat:HardcoverDimensions:32 pages, 0.67 × 11 × 0.51 inPublished:October 9, 2012Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0547238665

ISBN - 13:9780547238661

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Unthreatening despite its subject matter, yet impressively moving."- Kirkus "Stanbridge writes well for young children, with a straightforward bu absorbing text."- New York Times Book Review "Stanbridge's work is its own curious, yet quietly inspired composition, a meditative ode to an artist."- Publishers Weekly "