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What Charlie Heard [With CD]

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Mordicai Gerstein narrates his innovative portrait of a musical maverick. This daring and original book tells the story of Charles Ives, a great twentieth-century composer who, despite criticism and public scorn, composed music that expressed what he heard in the world.
Published January 1st 2004 by Live Oak Media (NY) (first published March 18th 2002)
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Sarah Nottingham
What Charlie Heard by Mordicai Gerstein is a man who never gave up on his love for music. Charlie wrote music his entire life but it was not published until he was very old and becoming ill. I personally loved the book and will have it in my classroom. I love the illustrations throughout the book! The illustration are bright, colorful and contain musical words that capture what each page of the book is about. When charlie is happy the page is filled with color, and music words, such as bang, boo ...more
Anne Broyles
I love it when a picture book biography's text and art fit the subject as in this fun biography of Charles Ives. The sounds of both Ives as a child and as an adult composer are almost extra characters in this book. Readers will enjoy reading the "Burble, burble, burble" of the brook, or "Dum dum de dum" at a wedding. The book begins with Ives' birth, but ends with him contemplating and enjoying his Universe Symphony's sounds (not long before his death). An Author's Note gives more details, but t ...more
Mary Borgese
In this fun,picture book bibliography based on the extraordinary composer Charles Ives, charlie is born hearing every sound imaginable around him. From his mothers dress swaying across the floor to the crickets outside. He hears the horses out the window and the trumpets from his fathers band. Charlie hears dogs barking, frogs croaking, instruments strumming, drums beating, the parade shouting, a much much more. All of the sounds encouraged him to pursue a career as a composer, creating and list ...more
Evelyn Saenz
What Charlie Heard by Mordicai Gerstein is a wonderful introduction to the music written by Charles Ives. It is the story of Charles when he was a boy and how his father taught him to listen to all the sounds around him and that those sounds are actually music.

Though published as a children's picture book, I think the story lends itself better to middle or high schooled children. Children of this age would have the knowledge of history to fully comprehend the topic and will be fascinated with th
I liked this. I didn't know who Charles Ives was, to be honest, prior to reading this story. I knew who Burl Ives was, and I knew the line from the Christmas carol "Like a picture print from Currier and Ives", but Charles Ives was a mystery to me. Now I know, but I've still never heard his music. At least, I've never consciously listened to a piece that I knew was composed by Charles Ives. But the book was good. I liked the illustrations draped with the onomatopoeias. It would be a good book for ...more
Suhyeon Ryu
마음을 열면 세상 모든 소리, 소음까지도 아름답고 재미있고 슬프고도 기쁨에 넘치는 놀라운 음악이 된다.
The Book : An Online Review at The New Republic
Biographies for children tend to err by romanticizing their subjects, setting them up as paragons, and perpetuating stereotypes, in the spirit of Longfellow’s stirring and bombastic lines: “Lives of great men all remind us/ We can make our lives sublime,/ And, departing, leave behind us/ Footprints on the sands of time.” But two recently published picture books, remarkable examples of the genre, eschew embarrassments of this sort. Read more...
I think Charlie is a creative boy not like anybody else it's like we all know we are different but he i different in a special way he could hear things that we couldn't he played all sorts of instruments and he was creative he loved the parades that his dad held and when he got old he still loved them and would watch them every year when they came.
Kelli Shoemake
Cute biography taught on a child's level
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Mordicai Gerstein is the author and illustrator of The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, winner of the Caldecott Medal, and has had four books named New York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year. Gerstein was born in Los Angeles in 1935. He remembers being inspired as a child by images of fine art, which his mother cut out of Life magazine, and by children’s books from the library: “I looked ...more
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