Music Was It: Young Leonard Bernstein

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Charlesbridge Publishing, 2011 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 178 pages
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"Life without music is unthinkable."—Leonard Bernstein, Findings

When Lenny was two years old, his mother found that the only way to soothe her crying son was to turn on the Victrola. When his aunt passed on her piano to Lenny’s parents, the boy demanded lessons. When Lenny went to school, he had the most fun during "singing hours."

But Lenny’s love of music was met with opposition from the start. Lenny’s father, a successful businessman, wanted Lenny to follow in his footsteps. Additionally, the classical music world of the 1930s and 1940s was dominated by Europeans—no American Jewish kid had a serious chance to make a name for himself in this field.

Beginning with Lenny’s childhood in Boston and ending with his triumphant conducting debut at Carnegie Hall with the New York Philharmonic when he was just twenty-five, MUSIC WAS IT draws readers into the energetic, passionate, challenging, music-filled life of young Leonard Bernstein.

Archival photographs, mostly from the Leonard Bernstein Collection at the Library of Congress, illustrate this fascinating biography, which also includes a foreword by Bernstein’s daughter Jamie. Extensive back matter includes biographies of important people in Bernstein’s life, as well as a discography of his music.

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Easy to read biography about Leonard Bernstein. - Goodreads
A great overview of Bernstein's early years. - Goodreads
There are also a good number of photographs throughout. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Mimi Newman - Goodreads

A great overview of Bernstein's early years. Some students may not be enthralled with the subject matter, but young artists or novice older musicians will find it informative & full of info. I will recommend it to my students! I thoroughly enjoyed the story & photos. Read full review

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User Review  - Zachary Alcorn - Goodreads

Another great story about a mans life. He chased his dream just like Roy Campanella. This books are such a good inspiration to kids because it shows them that they cant become anything they set their ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Susan Goldman Rubin is the author of more than two dozen books for young readers, including Delicious: The Art and Life of Wayne Theibauld, which earned a starred review from Kirkus; Andy Warhol: Pop Art Painter, an ALA Notable Book and National Parenting Publications Gold Award; and The Cat with the Yellow Star: Coming of Age in Terezin, an ALA Notable Book and Sydney Taylor Honor Book. She lives in Malibu, California.

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