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Children's LiteratureIn 1888, a young boy and his family emigrated to the U.S. from Siberia, Russia. Named Israel Beilin, he settled in New York. The family was poor, and Israel quickly began looking for ways to earn money. Eventually, he stumbled into the career of songwriting. That boy became known as "Irving Berlin," and American music was never the same again. His songs are an integral part of American culture; many are still popular today, including: God Bless America, White Christmas, Easter Parade, There's No Business Like Show Business, Blue Skies, Alexander's Ragtime Band, and Cheek-to-Cheek. Readers should enjoy this all-American success story. 2003, Morgan Reynolds, Ages 12 up.
— Heidi Hauser Green