Beethoven Lives Upstairs (Orchard Paperbacks)

by Barbara Nichol

Paperback, 1999


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E 92 Be


Orchard Books (NY) (1999), Edition: 1st Orchard Paperbacks Ed, Paperback, 48 pages


The letters that ten-year-old Christoph and his uncle exchange show how Christoph's feelings for Mr. Beethoven, the eccentric boarder that shares his house, change from anger and embarrassment to compassion and admiration.

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LibraryThing member lisabankey
This book is about a young boy who has the composer Beethoven living upstairs from him. He writes to his uncle about the experience. The text are letters from the boy and his uncle. As the book progresses you see the boy's attitude about Beethoven change from annoyance from Beethoven's odd behavior
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to compassion toward Beethoven. The illustrations are in a painterly style and are hilarious.
This book is great for music appreciation, extending a music lesson, and for examples of how to write a letter.
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LibraryThing member menaramore
This is a great historical fiction book about Beethoven. This could be used as an introduction to a hostory lesson or even as part of a music lesson.
LibraryThing member Lara.Lofdahl
This wonderful book about the great composer Beethoven is told through a series of letters between a little boy, Christoph, and his uncle, a music student in Salzburg. Although the correspondence is fictional, it weaves in actual biographical information about Beethoven. It tells about his
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childhood, his musical career, and the writing of his Ninth Symphony. The letter formatting makes the story more readable for children; many students would probably think, like Christoph, that Beethoven was a mad-man. But by learning more about him and his journey, Christoph begins to understand the great man. This was originally a radio play, which would be interesting for students to listen to, accompanied by some of his pieces. I think this would be a great book to use in a unit on music and famous composers.
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Grand Canyon Reader Award (Nominee — Intermediate — 1998)
Flicker Tale Award (Nominee — Juvenile Books — 1996)


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48 p.; 10.01 inches


0531071189 / 9780531071182


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