The 39 Apartments of Ludwig Van Beethoven

The 39 Apartments of Ludwig Van Beethoven

by Jonah Winter, Barry Blitt

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How hard is it to move 5 legless pianos 39 times?
Beethoven owned five legless pianos and composed great works on the floor. His first apartment was in the center of Vienna's theater district... but he forgot to pay rent, so he had to move. (And it's very hard to move a piano. Even harder to move five). Beethoven's next apartment was in a dangerous part of town... so he moved, and the pianos followed on a series of pulleys. Then came an apartment with a view of the Danube (but he made too much noise and the neighbors complained), followed by an attic apartment (where he made even MORE of a rukus), and so Beethoven moved again and again. Each time, pianos were bought, left behind, transported on pulleys, slides, and by movers, all so that gifted Beethoven could compose great works of music for the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307554000
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 04/30/2014
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 40
File size: 23 MB
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Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Jonah Winter is the author of Diego, a biography of Diego Rivera, Frida, about artist Frida Kahlo, a Parents' Choice Gold Medal winner, and Roberto Clemente: The Pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates, the story of one of the most admired baseball players of all time. He is also the author of two other books about baseball: Fair Ball!: 14 Great Stars from Baseball's Negro Leagues and Beisbol!: Latino Baseball Pioneers and Legends. The author lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Barry Blitt's illustrations have appeared on the cover of the New Yorker and have also graced the pages of the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, Child Magazine and Entertainment Weekly. He is the illustrator of the children's book, Once Upon a Time, the End: Asleep in 60 Seconds by Geoffrey KloskeBarry Blitt lives in Riverdale, Connecticut.

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The 39 Apartments of Ludwig Van Beethoven 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
jonathanjohnson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a book more suited towards children who actually like playing an instrument. Alot of the sotry's plot is true because Beethoven did have alot of apartments and his piano in which he created numerous pieces had no legs and in order to play it he had to kneel on the floor.
adge73 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The authors assert that it is a fact that Beethoven lived in 39 apartments through his life and owned five legless pianos, but what isn't known is why or how the famous composer moved so often. Winter and Blitt supply a possible theory of how things went. The book starts out reasonably but gets siller and siller with each move, giving kids a lot to consider -- the difficulties of moving, the difficulties of moving without modern technology, the difficulties of being a composer (one who's losing his hearing, no less!), and the difficulties of living near a composer. Fun stuff!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a terrific and humorous book. We loved, particularly the part about the plan to throw Beethoven's piano from one building to another, which fortunately was stopped due to a storm.... that would have been something. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Illustrator Blitt¿s wonderful pen and ink and watercolor works were a great hit with my resident critics ¿. Fourth grade, Wynona Elementary School, Oklahoma. The tale as presented by Jonah Winter was met with lack of joy. The students listened intently, they take their job as resident reviewers very seriously. At tale¿s end there was long moment of stunned silence followed by `this is not a book meant for us¿. I personally enjoyed the work, but then, I am an adult and not a member of the target audience. One youngster opined that the book is meant for `much younger children,¿ while the balance of the class searched for words to clarify their own feelings. Finally the class decided The 39 Apartments of Ludwig van Beethoven may look like a children¿s picture book, it is actually a book written by an adult who is writing for other adults, and not for kids. I believe I do agree. I plan to keep the book in the classroom and see if it `grows¿ on the kids. It is possible that with the book available for free choice reading that the book will be willingly chosen, read and perhaps enjoyed more than this first reading seemed to indicate. As I said, I personally enjoyed the book, the illustrations are great, the loony movers and their Rube Goldberg methodology was fun, and the book in general tickled my funny bone. However, I remain not a member of the target audience the 4 ¿ 9 year olds for whom the book was written.