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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.
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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
Evelyn Saenz
Feb 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1800-s
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
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Ann
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lynnette
Awesome. The illustrations were wonderful. I especially loved the different textures that helped illustrate the textures Ives used in his music too. The story was informative, interesting, and aimed at engaging younger listeners.
Carrie
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book splays out details of the life of Charles Ives. The pictures exemplify the noise he hears and interprets to music, and the way music fills his day...except for the couple of times he's discouraged. Then the music stops, and the colors dim.

It was a nice book and makes me want to look up his work, as I've never heard it before and wonder if I'd like it or if I'd be able to hear the life in each piece. I liked that he admired his father and that they shared those quirks, and that a few lo
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Laurel Kathleen
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing true story and incredible illustrations to go along with it. Now please excuse me while I check out the subject Charles Ives' musical works!
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
Mckayla Pietrowski
This book is about a baby boy who is born hearing every single sound around him. He hears his mothers dress on the swaying on the floor, from all the little critters making noises outside. Charlie hears horses, dogs barking, crickets, every single sound you can think of. He also hears the trumpets and other instruments from his fathers band. He is so fascinated by every noise that he becomes a composer when he grows up. He created music the rest of his life.

I really liked the illustrations beca
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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...
Matthew
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
Skylar
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.
Aquinn
Very busy illustrations mimic the complexity of Ives' musical compositions. The text is straightforward and provides an excellent summary of Ives' childhood and career. Good book for discussions about expressive and modern music, and also for discussions about life pursuits and being open to new ideas.
Kelli Shoemake
Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute biography taught on a child's level
SUHYEON RYU
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
마음을 열면 세상 모든 소리, 소음까지도 아름답고 재미있고 슬프고도 기쁨에 넘치는 놀라운 음악이 된다.
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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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