The Extraordinary Music of Mr. Ives

The Extraordinary Music of Mr. Ives

The True Story of a Famous American Composer

By Joanne Stanbridge; Joanne Stanbridge (Illustrator)

Houghton Mifflin, Hardcover, 9780547238661, 32pp.

Publication Date: October 9, 2012

Description

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.



About the Author
Joanne Stanbridge lives in Ontario. She has written and illustrated several books for young readers in Canada, working with Scholastic Canada, Annick Press, and Red Deer Press. This is her first book for Houghton Mifflin and her first book in the states.

Joanne Stanbridge lives in Ontario. She has written and illustrated several books for young readers in Canada, working with Scholastic Canada, Annick Press, and Red Deer Press. This is her first book for Houghton Mifflin and her first book in the states.