Marvin Makes Music

Marvin Makes Music

by Marvin Hamlisch, Jim Madsen

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A true story from one of America's most beloved composers

Marvin loves to play the piano and compose his own songs. But performing music over and over that's composed by some old guys name Ludwig and Wolfgang just gives him knots in his stomach. When his father tells Marvin he has an audition with the most prestigious music school, how can Marvin overcome his nerves and get swept away by the music?

This endearing book is based on the true life story of composer Marvin Hamlisch, who, at the age of six, was the youngest person ever accepted into the Juilliard School.

Includes CD with original song

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101648391
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 11/08/2012
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 32
File size: 25 MB
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Age Range: 6 - 8 Years

About the Author

Marvin Hamlisch is the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony, and Pulitzer-winning composer of the scores for Broadway's A Chorus Line and over 40 films, including The Way We Were. He lives in New York City.

Jim Madsen has been illustrating for more than 20 years. He makes his home in Provo, Utah, with his wife and three children.

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Marvin Makes Music 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
rcpalmer More than 1 year ago
Do you remember singing along to ‘Nobody Does it Better,” or the ‘Way We Were?” Do you remember getting a little knot in your stomach the first time you heard Melissa Manchester sing ‘Looking Through the Eyes of Love?’ Do you remember humming the music from “The Sting?” Who doesn’t? What if those songs did not exist? What if our favorite singer, composer or group never stepped before a microphone or sat down at a piano? That is the plight that may have already happened or will happen because a young gifted child is not able to follow his or her dream. How many children have been told to “be quiet” when they were banging drums in a basement or dusty garage and then walked away from the music because of the criticism? Many of us grew up with a piano in our house, but did not pursue a potential magnificent opportunity. “Marvin Makes Music” is a children’s book penned by Marvin Hamlisch shortly before his death. It was illustrated by Jim Madsen who magically connects Marvin’s words to pictures. It is a wonderful tale through the eyes of a young Marvin as he follows his dream, albeit filled with some struggles. If someone hears music or words coming from blaring car horns or the chatter of seagulls it is inherent in all of us to help foster those emotions and allow a child or even a grandma to express that special talent. Marvin and Rupert Holmes also produced a musical CD for the book that is an excellent method to further explain how a car horn or a cricket’s chirp can help produce music. It is believed to be the last recording by Mr. Hamlisch before his death. This is a must-read for all who believe that dreams do exist and can come true and it should be shared with any child who is willing or wanting to listen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Marvin Hamlisch was a great talent. Even as we mourn his loss, we are fortunate to have this charming, delightful children's story. It is Marvin's story and, like Marvin himself, it is charming, friendly, funny, and delightful. Great timing, too: a perfect gift for any children on your holiday shopping list.