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The Resource Because, score by Mo Willems ; performance by Amber Ren

Because, score by Mo Willems ; performance by Amber Ren

Label
Because
Title
Because
Statement of responsibility
score by Mo Willems ; performance by Amber Ren
Creator
Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A series of events, some seemingly very insignificant, lead to a young girl attending a life-changing concert
Tone
Writing style
Illustration
Review
  • Preschool-Grade 3 /* Starred Review */ “Because a man named Ludwig wrote beautiful music, a man named Franz was inspired to create his own.” Because people wanted to hear it, they formed an orchestra. Because the musicians had practiced their instruments since childhood, they could play it beautifully. Because workers checked lights and swept floors, the concert hall was ready. Because her uncle had a cold, a girl accompanied her aunt to the performance. And when the orchestra played Shubert’s Unfinished Symphony, it captivated the child, transported her, changed her. As she grew up, she worked hard, learning about music, playing it, and writing it, until, one day, she conducted her own piece in the same hall. And hearing it, “someone else was changed.” Writing simply but powerfully about inspiration, its links from one generation to another, and the seemingly random elements that culminate in a transformative moment, Willems creates a narrative that will resonate with both children and adults. In her first picture book, Ren uses expressive line drawings and subtle washes of color to illustrate this unusual story. Her depiction of music brings a sense of enchantment to the pages, particularly in the series of pictures indicating the girl’s growing ability. This radiant picture book celebrates the magical, far-reaching power of serendipity. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: If there's an award, Willems has won it. That sound you hear is this new collaboration soaring off the shelves. -- Carolyn Phelan (Reviewed 12/1/2018) (Booklist, vol 115, number 7, p63)
  • PreS-Gr 2—In this celebration of the chance happenings in life that inspire us, Willems presents an artfully written dedication to the power of music and those who live for it. Ren's lively and deeply saturated cartoon illustrations delightfully capture the audacity and power of inspiration as a little girl, by chance, gets taken to a concert and enjoys a symphony orchestra performance. The experience is so transcendent that she becomes galvanized to create music of her own. In order to get to that point, however, there were other people whose passions and hard work paved the way for that little girl in row C, seat 14. VERDICT An iconic book not only for musicians and music lovers but also for anyone wishing to celebrate those who came before them and those who come after.—Amanda C. Buschmann, Carroll Elementary School, Houston --Amanda C. Buschmann (Reviewed 03/01/2019) (School Library Journal, vol 65, issue 2, p94)
  • /* Starred Review */ A quiet Willems book traces a child’s path to her musical vocation as the consequence of a string of events and contributions: “Because a man named Ludwig wrote beautiful music—/ a man named Franz was inspired to create his own.” For the love of Schubert, present-day musicians form an orchestra. They practice and schedule a concert, and because “someone’s uncle caught a cold,” a brown-skinned girl in a red sweatshirt gets a ticket, and the experience changes her. She floats out of the concert hall; vignettes show her practicing multiple instruments diligently. Because “she worked very hard”—and because “she was also very lucky”—she becomes a composer, and the performance of her work joins the chain of events that change lives. Willems’s story celebrates making music while acknowledging those whom celebrations of high culture sometimes ignore: “Because workers checked the lights and the seats....” Debut illustrator Ren takes the sprightly energy of The Philharmonic Gets Dressed and adds depth, with distinctive expressions for each diverse face and a wonderful vision of the powerful emotions that music evokes—building on the idea that it takes multiple players to create something wonderful. Ages 3–5. Author’s agent: Marcia Wernick, Wernick & Pratt Agency. Illustrator’s agent: Jen Rofé, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Mar.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 11/19/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 47, p)
  • Willems departs from his usual comic fare in this ode to the many people that inspire and contribute to the creation of art in young people. Each spread in the first half of the book states a causal effect: "Because a man named Ludwig wrote beautiful music— / a man named Franz was inspired to create his own. // Because many years later, people wanted to hear Franz's beautiful music— / they formed an orchestra." Musicians who have practiced diligently are invited to participate, workers make sure the concert hall is ready, and ushers open the doors. This chain continues as each person contributes to the culmination of a present-day grand orchestral performance at which a little tawny-brown-skinned girl is present, "because" her uncle has caught a cold and given her his ticket. This little girl is changed by this experience, and in the second half of the book, she grows up to create her own music that then inspires another child, who listens outside. Debut illustrator Ren's delicate cartoon art depicts both a realistic multicultural community and magical representations of music and inspiration. Both the protagonist and the child who hears her are depicted borne aloft by tendrils of colored music. While many books celebrate the arts and creativity, this one stands out for recognizing the importance of community support; from the orchestra librarian to the music lovers who purchase tickets, everyone contributes to the culture of creativity. (Picture book. 4-8) (Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 2019)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10756345
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Willems, Mo
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.W65535
LC item number
Bec 2019
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 2
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Ren, Amber
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Musicians
  • Concerts
  • Serendipity
Target audience
preschool
Label
Because, score by Mo Willems ; performance by Amber Ren
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
27 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781368019019
Isbn Type
:
Lccn
2017046403
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1013477201
Label
Because, score by Mo Willems ; performance by Amber Ren
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
27 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781368019019
Isbn Type
:
Lccn
2017046403
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1013477201

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