Sunday, December 19, 2010

20th December

No birthdays, but last week on the 16th when it was Quentin Blake's birthday it was also Beethoven's and I couldn't write about him then. So today a couple of children's books about Beethoven that are worth reading to celebrate this remarkable musician who was born Ludwig van Beethoven in Bonn, Germany in 1770. There is a very comprehensive website about him so together with the books listed below you will be able to have fun with a class.
* Beethoven Lives Upstairs is a book in my library by Barbara Nichol and Scott Cameron. It tells the story of Christophe, a young boy who has Beethoven as a boarder/tenant in his house and how he comes to appreciate beethoven's genius given his deafness. It also comes in audio and video formats and with teacher's notes.
* Beethoven by Yann Walker. This book is one of a series on famous composers and it includes a CD of music to accompany the story of the composer's life.

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