Summertime: from Porgy and Bess

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Simon & Schuster for Young Readers, Jul 1, 1999 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 32 pages
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Paintings depict a family's routine one summer day earlier in this century. The comfort and joy of having an extended family to love and to cherish is evident in these paintings.

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User Review  - Desirichter - LibraryThing

The art alone makes this book worth the read. A fitting introduction or extension to Gershwin or Porgy and Bess. I lean toward the introductory approach because the text is so enterable. Read full review

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User Review  - Whisper1 - LibraryThing

This stunningly beautiful book contains lovely images of summertime. These are gentle images of a happy family relaxing on the porch, drinking lemonade. The windows are open allowing a gentle breeze ... Read full review

About the author (1999)

Jacob Gershvin, George Gershwin's real name according to his birth registry, began his music career when he was 16 years old by playing piano in music stores to demonstrate new popular songs. He later studied piano with Ernest Hutcheson and Charles Hambitzer in New York and studied harmony with Edward Kilenyi and with Rubin Goldmark. Gershwin was an almost immediate success with his song "Swanee." Gershwin also studied counterpoint with Henry Cowell and with Joseph Schillinger. Schillinger's influence can be seen in many of Gershwin's pieces, particularly in Porgy and Bess, an opera written for black singers using African American musical styles. Rhapsody in Blue, for piano and jazz orchestra, is another ground-breaking piece, incorporating jazz and blues sources and idioms in the classical concerto style. His song "I Got Rhythm" has been performed thousands of times in hundreds of ways by jazz musicians. His brother, Ira, wrote the lyrics for many of his songs. His melodic talent and genius for rhythmic invention are what made Gershwin an important American composer. He died at the age of 38 of a gliomatous cyst in the brain. Every year on the anniversary of his death, Lewisohn Stadium in New York holds a memorial concert.

Mike Wimmer has illustrated many books for children, including "Home Run: The Story of Babe Ruth" by Robert Burleigh, which was named an ALA Notable Children's Book and was called a "grand slam" in a starred review in "Publisher's Weekly. "He also illustrated" Flight: The Journey of Charles Lindbergh" by Robert Burleigh, which received the Orbis Pictus Award for nonfiction. He lives in Oklahoma with his family.

Gershwin is the first lyricist to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize, and was nominated for three Academy awards. He has contributed over forty scores for Broadway and Hollywood with his brother George and other collaborators.

Heyward was a central figure in both the Charleston and the Southern Renaissance. His influence extended to the Harlem Renaissance as well. However, Heyward is often remembered simply as the author of Porgy.

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