Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring

Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring

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A picture book about the making of Martha Graham's Appalachian Spring, her most famous dance performance

Martha Graham : trailblazing choreographer

Aaron Copland : distinguished American composer

Isamu Noguchi : artist, sculptor, craftsman

Award-winning authors Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan tell the story behind the scenes of the collaboration that created APPALACHIAN SPRING, from its inception through the score's composition to Martha's intense rehearsal process. The authors' collaborator is two-time Sibert Honor winner Brian Floca, whose vivid watercolors bring both the process and the performance to life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596433380
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication date: 08/03/2010
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 586,170
Product dimensions: 10.10(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: AD710L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 10 Years

About the Author

JAN GREENBERG and SANDRA JORDAN are the authors of many distinguished books about art, including ACTION JACKSON and CHRISTO AND JEANNE-CLAUDE: Through the Gates and Beyond. Ms. Greenberg lives in St. Louis, MO. Ms. Jordan lives in New York, NY.

BRIAN FLOCA has written and/or illustrated over a dozen books, including MOONSHOT: The Flight of Apollo 11 and LIGHTSHIP (Sibert Award Honor Books). A native of Texas, Brian lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
dsued More than 1 year ago
Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring, the Orbis Pictus 2011 winner written by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan and illustrated by Brian Floca, is a children's picture book about the collaboration of Martha Graham: trailblazing choreographer, Aaron Copeland: distinguished American composer, and Isamu Noguchi: artist, sculptor and craftsman to produce the American masterpiece ballet, Appalachian Spring. "Together they created a ballet about a new home, a new family, a new life - a dance about America." Beautiful watercolor pictures bring the story to life and convey the beauty of the story behind the ballet. The illustrations are simple but effective and the colors are very "spring like" throughout. This book would be useful in a classroom to teach how a theatrical production comes to fruition and also about life in Appalachia in the 1800's. This book could inspire students to learn more about both aforementioned topics and to explore other books about collaborations between other artists. It could also lead to a student wanting to read more about the lives and careers of Martha Graham, Aaron Copeland, and Isamu Noguchi. This book also has biographical information about the aforementioned artists and has an extensive bibliography. This book appeals to a wide range of readers and could be read well by even second graders, in my opinion. Visually stimulating and highly informative, but in a nontechnical format, it is a delightful book to read.
victoria23VT More than 1 year ago
The collaboration of the different artists is told beautifully in Ballet for Martha. Even when the artists' ideas are different from each others' they work hard to make the performance work. The story show how hard work and determination would be rewarded. Martha is determined to let her version to come to life and her hard work pays off in the end. The illustrations capture the dancers' movement perfectly.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A beautifully done book - very impressive illustrations. This made me want to see Appalachian Spring. But I wonder who the audience is? Will kids pick up this book?
Jenpark on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought this book's sentence structure was a little choppy and the vocabulary and sentence fluency was a little simplistic considering the concepts that were being introduced.
amandacb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ballet for Martha details the inception and implementation of Martha Graham¿s ballet, Appalachian Spring. The book begins with a brief overview of how Graham¿s ballets are different; she uses more stark and aggressive movements, using the body more as a canvas than as a metaphor. Then, the story of how the ballet begins to come together, with Graham collaborating with composer Aaron Copland and set designer Isamu Noguchi to create her story of a young pioneer couple striking out on their own in America. The ballet portrays their bravery and uncertainty in those brave and uncertain times.Floca¿s illustrations are well-matched to Greenberg¿s and Jordan¿s narrative, fully demonstrating Graham¿s ballet techniques, frustrations, and triumphs. The back of the book contains a ¿Curtain Call¿ sections that offers more information about Martha Graham, Aaron Copland, and Isamu Noguchi; further, there is a Bibliography, a Notes and Sources, and a Photographs section that provides footnotes.
Gardenseed More than 1 year ago
Not only for children, but for anyone who has seen Appalachian Spring, danced it, or wished to have do so, this is a beautiful book for preserving the memory. 
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