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Music Was It by Susan Goldman Rubin
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Dec 21, 11

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Read in April, 2011

An inspiring look at the early life of conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein, following him from his early years and his father’s disapproval of his love of music up to his triumphal conducting at Carnegie Hall at the young age of 25. A wonderful, almost unbelievably true story of a man’s passion and talent for music and his determination to follow his dreams, despite anti-Semitism and his father’s fear that a career in music would result in poverty and disappointment.
The story is solid, well written, and interesting. The book also provides an index, sources, discography, mini biographies, and a bibliography (with denotations of books good for young readers). Along with the solid binding and pages, the book is an excellent addition in a school library, particularly one with a focus on the arts.
(Reviewed for Puget Sound Council)
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