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Tchaikovsky Discovers America

by Esther Kalman, Laura Fernandez (Illustrator), Rick Jacobson (Illustrator)

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Named Eugenia, after Tchaikovsky's opera Eugene Onegin, the eleven year old narator who has recently had a birthday narates as if writing in a journal her family's involvement with Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky. Her father is a wealthy man who owns the railroad. He and his family like the composer have come from Russia. There her family lived in a 40 room mansion but only on the first floor for the roof had fallen in. Although the story is fictitious it is based on true espisodes in Tchaikovsky's life. He did travel to America and go by train to various cities by train. He did keep a journal. ( )
  MarthaL | Jan 18, 2010 |
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Fernandez, LauraIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
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Tchaikovsky kept a detailed diary of his trip to America and these observations are woven into the fictional diary of shy and awkward eleven-year old Jenny Petroff, who meets the composer during his stay in America. In the tormented Tchaikovsky, Jenny finds a kindred spirit who loves music and ballet as much as she does. Their brief encounter leaves Jenny with treasured memories of a man who gave the world some of the best music ever written.

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Eleven-year-old Jenny, whose family came from Russia to America to start a new life, meets the famous Russian composer on his 1891 trip to the New World and writes about it in her diary.

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