Ballet for Martha
Making Appalachian Spring
Publication Date: August 3, 2010
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Martha Graham : trailblazing choreographer
Aaron Copland : distinguished American composer
Isamu Noguchi : artist, sculptor, craftsman
Award-winning authors Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan tell the story behind the scenes of the collaboration that created APPALACHIAN SPRING, from its inception through the score’s composition to Martha’s intense rehearsal process. The authors’ collaborator is two-time Sibert Honor winner Brian Floca, whose vivid watercolors bring both the process and the performance to life.
Sandra Jordan is one of America's most prominent writers about art and artists for young readers. Sandra Jordan lives in New York, New York.
Her art-related books co-written with Jan Greenberg include "Action Jackson" (a Sibert Honor Book), as well as books on Van Gogh, Frank O. Gehry, Andy Warhol, and Chuck Close.
Brian Floca is the author and illustrator of "Locomotive", winner of the 2013 Caldecott Medal; "Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11", a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book; "Lightship", also a Sibert Honor Book; and "Racecar Alphabet", an ALA Notable Children's Book. He has illustrated Avi's Poppy Stories, Kate Messner's Marty McGuire novels, and Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan's "Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring", a Sibert Honor Book and winner of the Orbis Pictus Award. You can visit him online at BrianFloca.com.