I stumbled upon Mordecai Gerstein's books quite by accident at the library several years ago.
We pulled "What Charlie Heard" off the shelf, got in the car, and...listened (it came with an audio CD - read by the author himself!). I knew from the get-go that it was a treasure. The lyrical book chronicles the life of musician and Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Ives. Written to be read aloud, the true story abounds with positive messages about pursuing passion, persevering in spite of opposition, and opening our ears to the music all around us.
I'd love to see more children's books like this - books that creatively record the lives of famous authors, musicians, scientists, and artists. I hope Mordecai Gerstein keeps writing them. He's a master storyteller.
I highly recommend that you pick up a copy of the book at your local library or - better yet - from an online bookstore. If you can get a copy with the audio, that's even better.
WIN IT! One winner will receive a copy of What Charlie Heard ($13.26) by Mordecai Gerstein! To enter, leave any topic-related comment on this post prior to Monday, July 18 at 11:59 p.m. All generic comments like “Enter me!” or “Love it” will be disqualified. Winner must provide a US mailing address.
* Thanks to Macmillan for providing two books - one for review and one for this giveaway.
*UPDATE* The winner is #17 Susan Varney. Congratulations!