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Irving Berlin, the Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing

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Irving Berlin came to the United States as a refugee from Tsarist Russia, escaping a pogrom that destroyed his village. Growing up on the streets of the lower East Side, the rhythms of jazz and blues inspired his own song-writing career. Starting with his first big hit, "Alexander's Ragtime Band," Berlin created the soundtrack for American life with his catchy tunes and ir ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 1st 2018 by Creston Books
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Betsy
Patriotism is subjective. Until recently I might have thought myself somewhat immune to its charms. I like my country quite a lot, but I’ve a low-tolerance for nationalism, and in this particular day and age that’s not a difficult thing to come by. Fortunately all is not lost. As it turns out, children’s books have proved to be a surprising repository for hope and patriotism in the best sense of the term. Last year the book Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers actually made me tear up every time I read ...more
Gary Anderson
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
In Irving Berlin: The Immigrant Boy Who Made American Sing, Nancy Churnin delivers another inspiring picture book biography. Beginning with young Irving arriving in New York on a boat from Russia, readers understand that for Irving, music and his love for America were inseparable. As with most immigrants, life in America was at first difficult for Irving, but by following his passion for music, he eventually found success and made important contributions to America through his songs.

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Robin Newman
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Irving Berlin, one of the most famous American composers of the Twentieth Century, if not THE most famous, immigrated to the United States from Western Siberia. He was just five years old when he laid eyes on the Statue of Liberty and his mother uttered those famous words, “God bless America.” His father had been a cantor and it was his influence, along with his experiences growing up in New York's lower east side (not stated specifically in the text but the illustrations with an image of Katz’s ...more
Daniel
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 5.0 of 5

This children's picture book about one of America's greatest songwriters - who wasn't actually born in the United States of America - is an absolutely marvelous biographical tribute. Author Nancy Churnin somehow manages to tell the entire Irving Berlin life story in thirty-two gorgeously illustrated pages, hitting the highlights, catching the struggles and the passions of the young man who gave us songs such as "Alexander
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Linda
I've known something of Irving Berlin's life before, that he wrote Alexander's Ragtime Band, White Christmas and God Bless America, but Nancy Churnin has managed to write of his life from his poor beginnings as an immigrant in NYC to his extraordinary successes as a composer in a way to introduce him to young children, or those readers who want to read a short biography as a start to research. He came from Russia, in a poor family when his father died when Irving was twelve, he had to quit schoo ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Churnin, Nancy Irving Berlin: The Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing, illustrated by James Rey Sanchez. PICTURE BOOK. Creston, 2018. $18. 9781939547446.

In the 1890’s Irving’s family fled from Russian Cossacks, just as many other Jewish families did. Thoguh his home in New York City was small and poor, music surrounded him constantly. Even after his father died and he slept on the streets, the music still called to him. He taught himself how to pick melodies out on the piano and eventually wrote
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Jana
As families sit outside on blankets together to enjoy fireworks displays this summer, they are certain to hear some of Irving Berlin's music, especially "God Bless America". The days leading up to the Fourth of July would be a terrific time to share this interesting picture book biography that tells the story of young Irving Berlin, who fled Russia with his family at the end of the nineteenth century. A poor, homeless young man, Berlin worked very hard as a waiter and learned to write music. As ...more
Denice Hein
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great picture book/biography about a Russian Immigrant and how he become the person to write "God Bless America".
Carol Ekster
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This picture book biography is so beautifully written and it's such an inspirational story. It gave me goosebumps!
Maggie Mattmiller
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
At the start I was worried it wouldn't get to where I was expecting/hoping it would... but of course it did! Definitely need to add this to my classroom library!
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