Akira to Zoltan: Twenty-Six Men Who Changed the World

Overview

This companion to the best-selling AMELIA TO ZORA features twenty-six amazing men. From Akira Kurisawa, filmmaker, to Zoltán Kodály, musical innovator, learn what inspired each man to change the world around him. Detailed collages draw from various events in the men's lives.

Read More Show Less
... See more details below
Hardcover (Library Binding - 1ST)
$13.63
BN.com price
(Save 14%)$15.95 List Price
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (17) from $1.99   
  • New (5) from $7.15   
  • Used (12) from $1.99   
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...

Overview

This companion to the best-selling AMELIA TO ZORA features twenty-six amazing men. From Akira Kurisawa, filmmaker, to Zoltán Kodály, musical innovator, learn what inspired each man to change the world around him. Detailed collages draw from various events in the men's lives.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jane Jessell
Akira is Japan's Akira Kurosawa, the celebrated twentieth century film director, and Zolt n is Zolt n Kod ly, born in Hungary and inventor of the Kod ly method of teaching music to children. Twenty four other famous (and not so famous) men are profiled here, and Chin-Lee has succeeded in finding representatives from all over the planet to complete her list of world-changers. Also successful are the clever collages that illustrate each man's biography. However, the text is too advanced for a picture book biography, and these collages give the impression that this book is for young readers only. Each biography is completed with a quotation from the subject, and while some of these quotations are inspiring ("Be always positive and follow the truth" from United States Senator Hiram Fong), some are simply puzzling ("I would rather play `Chiquita Banana' and have my swimming pool than play Bach and starve" from Xavier Cugat, a distracting and confounding choice for inclusion). A bibliography is appended for additional reading and study, but some of the electronic links are unavailable, and a few of the suggested books are more than twenty-five-years old. However, the author's ecumenical subject choices do much to outweigh the book's problems. The inclusion of Cesar Chavez, Nelson Mandela, Diego Rivera, and Mohandas Gandhi are fine, although one could ask if either Tiger Woods or Greg Louganis has really changed the world—yet. Early readers might enjoy this introduction to biography, a companion book to Chin-Lee's Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-This companion volume to Chin-Lee's Amelia to Zora (Charlesbridge, 2005) has capsule biographies of 26 men-some famous, some lesser-known-representing ethnic diversity and a variety of professions. The entries, all one page, cover individuals as varied as Akira Kurosawa and Pel . Each page includes brief biographical information and covers the subject's significant contributions in succinct, readable prose. A quote from each man is incorporated into the lovely mixed-media illustrations that grace every entry. Representing several categories of performing arts, writers and poets, architects, political leaders, doctors, and astronauts, the intriguing and informative text expands upon the general conception of what it means to be famous by focusing on what makes a difference in the world. The concluding bibliography leads readers to deeper works in both print and nonprint sources. A worthy purchase, both in informational and illustrative terms, this title provides a starting place for research on any of these figures as it demonstrates the importance of passion in work.-Ann Welton, Grant Elementary School, Tacoma, WA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In a companion to Amelia to Zora (2005), Chin-Lee selects an alphabetical array of men for the same treatment-a two or three paragraph biographical precis that includes a childhood incident, a description of important accomplishments and a pithy quote. Though such usual suspects as Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela are in the broadly international lineup, so are plenty of surprises (as you'd guess from the title), from filmmaker Akira Kurosawa and composer Zoltan Kodaly to Pashtun leader Badshah Abdul Ghaffa Khan, poet Octavio Paz, athlete Greg Louganis and bandleader Xavier Cugat Mingall.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570915796
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2006
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1060L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 11.41 (w) x 8.84 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia Chin-Lee was born and raised in Washington, D.C., in a family with four older siblings. Her father is a medical doctor and her mother an artist. Cynthia picked up a pen and began writing for fun when she was in the sixth grade. "I liked writing poetry and scribbling in my journal because I found it comforting and therapeutic. I still write for that reason and because I like playing with words." Cynthia has written several books for children and lives in California.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)