Ballet for Martha by Jan Greenberg
Making Appalachian Spring (Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children (Awards))

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Synopsis

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.


 

About Jan Greenberg

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Written by the unmistakable Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, two of America's most prominent writers about art and artists for young readers, "Christo and Jeanne-Claude" is an absolute inspiration. Jan Greenberg lives in St. Louis, Missouri. Sandra Jordan lives in New York, New York. Other art-related books by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan include "Action Jackson" (a Sibert Honor Book), as well as books on Van Gogh, Frank O. Gehry, Andy Warhol, and Chuck Close.
 
Published May 28, 2013 by Flash Point. 48 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books, Nature & Wildlife.

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Floca, a multiple Sibert Award honoree for his prowess in depicting the technical worlds of spaceships and lightships, here uses watercolor and pen-and-ink in a glorious depiction of modern dance movement, with its quiet hand gestures, dramatic leg kicks and the swirl of dancers "fluttering, skit...

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It touches on concepts of mid­century Ameri­can dance, design and classical music, and has a virtuous lesson in mind: “Ultimately,” the jacket copy says, “this is a book about collaboration.” We first encounter Graham and Copland absorbed in correspondence, “struggling to get down on pap...

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“A stunning achievement,” wrote Kirkus in its review of the spectacular and utterly refreshing behind-the-scenes look at the creation of a landmark 20th-century American work in Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring.

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St. Louis Today

The pregame festivities, the commercials, the halftime show, the odd blackout, the game … Flacco again is nearly flawless in victory.

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A Patchwork of Books

Building a site on the subject, starting a Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest pages, connecting with the writing and literature community — are all things I should have been doing while writing the book, if not much sooner, not two years after its publication!

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