Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring (Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children (Awards)) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-02-10 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 15 user ratings

" Magnificent! The double-page spread with Aaron Copeland sitting at his piano and the score in the background is a masterpiece!! " said.

" Done with breathtaking clarity, a masterpiece of explication of creative process in dance, music, and design, in a way that will capture young readers and hold them. Brilliant. " said.

" Spare text conveys the story so well. Well integrated quotes, stunning illustrations. " said.

" Audience: Grades 2-6 (girls especially)Appeal: Powerful story of an American classic, great illustrationsAwards: Nominee of Sibert Informational Book Award, Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book, NCTE Orbis Picture Award, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year " said.

" This picture book about the creative collaboration that led to the ballet "Appalachian Spring" is simply lovely. I love that this account, too, is a collaboration -- two authors, one illustrator -- showing that creative minds working together make beautiful, beautiful things. The illustrations capture energy and movement in a way that's truly stunning. " said.

""Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring" will appeal to girls who like ballet and dance. It would also be an excellent resource in a music classroom that is studying Aaron Copeland's "Appalachian Spring" music. This book explains how one of the most famous American musical compositions of the 1940s was created, through Martha Graham's vision. The illustrations capture the struggles Graham and Copeland had in finding the right story and music to create a new kind of ballet. It also demonstrates artist Isamu Noguchi's talent in designing the simple yet elegant sets for the ballet. This book won the Robert F. Sibert Medal in 2011." said.

" I honestly had never heard of the modern American ballet "Appalachian Spring", let alone have seen it performed. So, this was all new to me. I am a big fan of Isamu Noguchi, however, and I learned something new about his collaborating with Martha Graham in the production of what would become "an American masterpiece." " said.

"I never thought a book about a ballet could work, but it did. The collaboration process between choreographer, composer, and artist was described. The story and dance movements and music were described. The illustrations are expressive and graceful.

I fell in love with the music to Appalachian Spring when I was in high school, so it was exciting for me to read about the dance that goes with it. I hope I can see it some day!

Thanks to my long-suffering four-year-old son for sitting through this one; it was definitely for me.
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