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George Gershwin (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers) Paperback – March 1, 1995

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Gr 2-4--In these two cheerful books, Venezia takes the same approach he used in ``Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists'' series (Childrens). The material is conveyed in an upbeat, if slightly irreverent, manner, allowing children to see the composers as real people. Black-and-white and full-color photographs and period art reproductions appear throughout, in addition to numerous colorful cartoons. The purpose may be to parallel the fine art and music of each book's time period, but the author does not expound on this concept. These slim volumes are more visually appealing than either Barbara Mitchell's America, I Hear You (Carolrhoda, 1987) or Ann Rachlin's Tchaikovsky (Barron's, 1993), but they contain much less information.

Robin Works Davis, Hurst Public Library, TX

Copyright 1995 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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"A great way to prepare children for the pleasure of a museum visit or a concert." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 830 (What's this?)
  • Series: Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Children's Press(CT) (March 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0516445367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0516445366
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My daughter did a project on George Gershwin and I wanted to get a book that an 8 year old would actually read. She loved the pictures and the words were written so simply so she was able to understand everything. I'm very happy with this purchase and look forward to her reading about more artists.
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This is one in a wonderful series of books intended to introduce young readers to the lives of famous composers. The story of George Gershwin not only tells about his life, but also gives children a feel for the time he lived in. Venezia uses details about Gershwin as a child to draw youngsters into the story. They can empathize with the young George who is seen as a "nerd" by his peers, because of his love for music. Yet he still enjoyed sports, particularly roller skating. As always, Venezia's illustrations are wonderful and I particularly enjoyed the photographs and artwork that accompanied them. All the parts come together to give children an interesting and enjoyable picture of the man and his music.
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This whole series of "Getting to Know", whether it be about composers or artists is fantastic. It should be a required part of any music program. I am sorry there aren't more titles available.
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By A Customer on September 15, 2002
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This is a great representation of George Gershwin's life. A must have for every elementary school library. It has beautiful black and white and color pictures along with cartoons enhancing the story. Hyper-sensitive schools and parents may be shocked at the first photo of the book which has Gershwin sitting at the piano with a cigar in his mouth. If everyone can get past that picture by reminding children that this was before people knew that smoking was bad for your health, then you can enjoy this great biography.
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Great book for children. Informative and accurate with wonderful artwork. A must for a young prodigy. It came beautifully wrapped and shipped quickly. Couldn't be happier
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As a teacher, I love this series! My goal is to teach my 3rd graders about the famous artists and composers. This series makes it easy, fun, and interesting!
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