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Two Scarlet Songbirds: A Story of Anton…

Two Scarlet Songbirds: A Story of Anton Dvorak

by Carole Lexa Schaefer

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This story blends fact and fiction in telling the story of Anton Dvorak writing the American Symphony. Unfortunately, this is too long and wordy for my preschool story time group, but the illustrations are fabulous and the story is a lot of fun. Recommended for groups K-2 or for one-on-one reading with preschoolers. A great follow up would be to listen to a bit of the American Symphony. :) ( )
  JenW1 | Apr 13, 2017 |
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Fact and fiction come together in a magically imagined tale of the composer Anton Dvorák’s inspiration for “American Quartet.” Transfixed by the birdsong of the little Iowa river town where he and his family are spending the summer, Dvorák seeks out the beautiful song of the scarlet tanager. And as the tanager woos a mate and begins to build a nest, Dvorák writes the bird’s music down on everything from paper to shirtsleeves. At the end of one long summer evening, the scarlet tanager hears familiar music from the town’s schoolhouse and settles on a branch nearby to listen. Inside, Dvorák and his friends play the first rehearsal of “American Quartet,” inspired by the little songbird. Then, while one plays on, the other flies home.

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Josette's little cousin, Louie, chases animals and frightens a baby with the whistle their grandfather bought him in Paris, as Josette longs for her turn so she can make sweet music.

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