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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial; Rei/Com edition (November 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803737300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803737303
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 2-5-This autobiographical picture book depicts the youth of the composer/conductor. A child prodigy, Hamlisch entered Julliard at the age of seven. He tells of his love of music, his annoyance with practicing, and his nervousness at performing for others (including the Julliard judges). Humorous details include Marvin wearing his soft pajamas under his scratchy suit and getting locked on the roof before his audition.The digital paintings are lush, with a look of Disney-esque animation to them, although Marvin's father has the same expression in every scene. There is far too little detail for report-writing, but Hamlisch's personal story may inspire young music lovers to research further.-Heidi Estrin, Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FLα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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This snapshot from the early life of the recently deceased composer Marvin Hamlisch tells about his prodigious love of the piano. It also covers his boredom with “composers with funny names, like Wolfgang and Ludwig,” and his practice-avoidance techniques. When the day of Marvin’s music school audition arrives, a slight mishap makes him late and his nervousness makes him apprehensive, but passionate playing and childlike energy save the day. Unfortunately, the book lacks any context or back matter, which would have made it useful as a biography, and the impressive accomplishment of entering Juilliard at the age of six is only mentioned on the flap copy. The third-person text lacks the benefit of the maestro’s own voice, but as a stand-alone story, it may just inspire budding musicians who love to play yet hate to practice. Madsen’s romanticized, grainy illustrations of browns and blues adeptly show the shift between the boy’s reality and fantasies, and the finished copy will include a bonus CD of original Hamlisch music (unavailable for review). Grades K-2. --Andrew Medlar

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Marvin Hamlisch was truly a musical genius.
Gigi
As we all know, If you want to make your dreams come true,you must believe and fight hard for them.
Maurice Hayot
This is a great read for children and adults alike, and we highly recommend it!
Mike

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joel Grey on January 21, 2013
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What a great tribute to a master music maker and wit. This book really catches Marvin's spirit! I should know. He was a great friend for the past thirty years. Lots of fun.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael Keller on November 12, 2012
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This is an endearing and sweet tale with a most important message, namely, that music and the arts live within us and need our nurturing support. Special people like Marvin Hamlisch make great music accessible to all and he will forever be a hero to those who truly love and appreciate the gift of music.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joel L. Krinsky on November 12, 2012
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This book reminds us that we all have dreams that we should always pursue and never give up. And, what better way to know that a master and a wonderful person can be an inspiration to both children and adults because it is never to late to dream and act upon those dreams.

The book is well written and can not only be read by "older folk" but reads wonderfully to children who are first starting to think about what they want to be and how they can reach the stars. A terrific read.Marvin Makes Music
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Englert on November 14, 2012
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I have 4 Grandchildren and they all loved this book. They play instruments or take dance. What they learned is that they should pursue their dreams & not give up. A great read for all.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By barry steinberg on November 23, 2012
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For all to read and enjoy.............children, parents, young and old. This book with its illustrations is humorous and motivating. A great lesson in life how "Young Marvin" grew from a young boy to be one of the greatest composers/performers in history.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joseph P.Torre on December 5, 2012
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Even though Marvin was a gifted musician, his parents had to nag him to practice the piano. I particularly enjoyed that his mom had to get him off the baseball diamond to do it. It's a fun read for kids.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By NJ Nittany on November 15, 2012
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The book was beautifully illustrated. My two children age 10 & 12 grew up with a love for music and truly enjoyed this book. It's a must read! -M. Seideneck
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bob Gromov on November 15, 2012
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Marvin, what a wonderful book. Inspiring for all ages. The CD by you and Rupert Holmes will be sung by choruses for a long, long time. What a touching story. Thank you for this gift that you have given to all of us. You will always be the Peoples Composer.
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