As Glenn as Can Be (Hardcover)

As Glenn as Can Be By Sarah Ellis, Nancy Vo (Illustrator) Cover Image

As Glenn as Can Be (Hardcover)

By Sarah Ellis, Nancy Vo (Illustrator)


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A warm and witty portrait of child prodigy and world-famous classical musician Glenn Gould.

Glenn was a child who knew his own mind -- he liked boats but did not like fishing; he enjoyed puns and pranks but did not like bullying; he loved learning but did not like school ... but more than anything else he loved to play the piano.

Glenn had a professional performing career by the time he was fifteen; he gave concerts all over the world in his twenties. He became best known for his interpretation of Bach's Goldberg Variations. But Glenn grew to dislike concerts -- the hall was too cold, or he didn't feel well, or the audience made too much noise (he didn't even like their applause ). He discovered that when he played and recorded music in an empty concert hall, he could make it sound exactly the way he wanted. He could do what he loved best, while being completely himself.

Sarah Ellis's beautifully written portrait of Glenn Gould is complemented by Nancy Vo's gorgeous illustrations, bringing the life and times of this extraordinarily talented musician to readers young and old.

Includes a fascinating author's note and resources for further information.

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Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).

Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.

Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.

Product Details ISBN: 9781773064680
ISBN-10: 1773064681
Publisher: Groundwood Books
Publication Date: April 1st, 2022
Pages: 40
Language: English