Symphony for a Broken Orchestra: How Philadelphia Collected Sounds to Save Music

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Symphony for a Broken Orchestra: How Philadelphia Collected Sounds to Save Music

author: Amy Ignatow
illustrator: Gwen Millward

The schools of Philadelphia were filling up with broken violins, drums, pianos, and more, making it difficult for students to learn to play. This sparked an idea for a symphony, played entirely with the broken instruments, that would raise funds to repair the instruments themselves. Musicians young and old volunteered, and their captivating performance showed that even something broken can sing—and that great music is always possible with a bit of inventiveness and improvisation. Based on real events, this inspiring story introduces young readers to a range of instruments as it celebrates a community coming together to make a joyful, meaningful noise. More information about the nonprofit organization Broken Orchestra can be found in the back matter, including a link to an audio recording of the symphony performance.

What happens when musical instruments can’t make the sounds we expect them to make? Is music still possible? An uplifting picture book based on a true story.
suggested retail price (U.S./CAN):
$17.99 / $0.00
153622930X /  9781536229301
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Picture Book Nonfiction / EBook
age range:
6 yrs - 9 yrs
# of pages/size:
40 / N/A
grade range:
Grade 1 - Grade 4
Lifestyles; Performing Arts;
author’s comments:
Amy Ignatow is the author-illustrator of the Popularity Papers series and Mighty Odds trilogy. She lives in Philadelphia with her family.
illustrator’s comments:
Gwen Millward is the illustrator of many books for children, including Super Milly and the Super School Day by Stephanie Clarkson. She lives in the United Kingdom.
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