V is for Von Trapp: A Musical Family Alphabet

V is for Von Trapp: A Musical Family Alphabet

by William Anderson, Linda Graves
     
 

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From "Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens" to "Doe, a deer, a female deer," many people have grown up humming the tunes or singing the lyrics to the songs from the beloved movie The Sound of Music. But what is the real story behind the brave von Trapp family? V is for von Trapp: A Musical Family Alphabet gives a behind-the-headlines look at this real-life… See more details below

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From "Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens" to "Doe, a deer, a female deer," many people have grown up humming the tunes or singing the lyrics to the songs from the beloved movie The Sound of Music. But what is the real story behind the brave von Trapp family? V is for von Trapp: A Musical Family Alphabet gives a behind-the-headlines look at this real-life singing family made famous in the classic movie. Starting with their idyllic early life in Austria where their love of music and performing began, author William Anderson takes readers along on the family's courageous mountaintop escape from Nazi authorities to their new life in America and the famous von Trapp family lodge in the Vermont hills. Meet determined Maria, the dashing Captain, and their talented children; the famous von Trapps whose life story captivated thousands and continues to inspire with its legacy of hope and achievement. Author, historian, and lecturer William Anderson did extensive research and interviews with the von Trapp family. His previous book with Sleeping Bear is M is for Mount Rushmore: A South Dakota Alphabet. William lives in Lapeer, Michigan. Linda Graves is the illustrator of over 30 children's books, published worldwide. She was born in Eureka, California, and graduated with a degree in illustration from San Jose State University. Linda is a member of the Western Massachusetts Illustrators Guild, and lives in the woods of Berkshire County, Massachusetts.

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Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
Ever since the Sound of Music movie came out in 1965, the music of the Von Trapp family has been one of the most famous musical stories in the world. This entry in Sleeping Bear Press's series of alphabet books set around the world focuses on the history of the real Austrian family who escaped the Nazis and brought their music and spirit to America. Each spread has a brief rhymed text related to the story that features one letter of the alphabet. Thus, B is for Brothers and sisters and C is for the Captain. This text is filled out by one of Graves realistic full color drawings—in this case showing the seven siblings listening to the Captain playing his guitar. In much smaller type, the sidebars provide much more detail about Captain Von Trapp's naval career and the death of his first wife. This structure makes the book very flexible—younger children can concentrate on "reading the pictures" while reinforcing alphabet recognition. Parents, teachers, or older children will be drawn into the family's story. Some may be inspired to think of going to the Trapp Family Lodge in Vermont—singing their favorite tune from the musical as they follow the cross country ski trails there. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585365319
Publisher:
Sleeping Bear Press
Publication date:
09/01/2010
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
891,629
Product dimensions:
11.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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