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Beethoven Lives Upstairs by Barbara Nichol
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Beethoven Lives Upstairs

by Barbara Nichol

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Using letters back and forth from a nephew and uncle, this book tells about the great composer Beethoven.
  wunderlong88 | Oct 12, 2017 |
I really liked this book! First, the plot was well organized, and unique. For example, the author used letters back and forth from a nephew and uncle, about Beethoven. Second, the illustrations are engaging. For example, the illustrations all reflect what is happening in the letters from Beethoven's point of view. The overall message of the book is to educate readers about Beethoven, and also living with a disability or illness. ( )
  lducke3 | Apr 18, 2016 |
This wonderful book about the great composer Beethoven is told through a series of letters between a little boy, Christoph, and his uncle, a music student in Salzburg. Although the correspondence is fictional, it weaves in actual biographical information about Beethoven. It tells about his childhood, his musical career, and the writing of his Ninth Symphony. The letter formatting makes the story more readable for children; many students would probably think, like Christoph, that Beethoven was a mad-man. But by learning more about him and his journey, Christoph begins to understand the great man. This was originally a radio play, which would be interesting for students to listen to, accompanied by some of his pieces. I think this would be a great book to use in a unit on music and famous composers. ( )
  Lara.Lofdahl | Mar 3, 2014 |
This is a great historical fiction book about Beethoven. This could be used as an introduction to a hostory lesson or even as part of a music lesson. ( )
  menaramore | May 6, 2010 |
This book is about a young boy who has the composer Beethoven living upstairs from him. He writes to his uncle about the experience. The text are letters from the boy and his uncle. As the book progresses you see the boy's attitude about Beethoven change from annoyance from Beethoven's odd behavior to compassion toward Beethoven. The illustrations are in a painterly style and are hilarious.
This book is great for music appreciation, extending a music lesson, and for examples of how to write a letter. ( )
  lisabankey | Dec 7, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0531071189, Paperback)

Relive the musical sensation the Venetian musician experienced when he composed the Ninth Symphony near the end of his life. In the form of letters, the book tells a fictional story of Beethoven's life.

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The letters that ten-year-old Christoph and his uncle exchange show how Christoph's feelings for Mr. Beethoven, the eccentric boarder that shares his house, change from anger and embarrassment to compassion and admiration.

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