As Glenn as Can Be
A warm and witty portrait of child prodigy and world-famous classical musician Glenn Gould.
Glenn was a child who knew his own mind -- he liked boats but did not like fishing; he enjoyed puns and pranks but did not like bullying; he loved learning but did not like school ... but more than anything else he loved to play the piano.
Glenn had a professional performing career by the time he was fifteen; he gave concerts all over the world in his twenties. He became best known for his interpretation of Bach's Goldberg Variations. But Glenn grew to dislike concerts -- the hall was too cold, or he didn't feel well, or the audience made too much noise (he didn't even like their applause!). He discovered that when he played and recorded music in an empty concert hall, he could make it sound exactly the way he wanted. He could do what he loved best, while being completely himself.
Sarah Ellis's beautifully written portrait of Glenn Gould is complemented by Nancy Vo's gorgeous illustrations, bringing the life and times of this extraordinarily talented musician to readers young and old.
Includes a fascinating author's note and resources for further information.
Key Text Features
Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:
With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.
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About the Author
SARAH ELLIS is a celebrated author, teacher and children's literature expert. She has written more than twenty books across the genres, and her books have been translated into French, Spanish, Danish, Chinese and Japanese. She has won the Governor General's Literary Award (Pick-Up Sticks) and the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award (Odd Man Out). Sarah is a masthead reviewer for the Horn Book Magazine, and she is a former faculty member of Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
NANCY VO was born on the prairies and now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. She studied fine arts and architecture, and now works as a facility planner and a picture-book maker. She is the author and illustrator of the first two books in the Crow Stories trilogy. The Outlaw was described by the New York Times as "Bewitching," while The Ranger received a starred review from Kirkus and was praised as "visually arresting and enigmatic." Nancy has also illustrated As Glenn as Can Be by Sarah Ellis.
Engaging, timeless and cleverly crafted.-- "CM: Canadian Review of Materials"
Engaging ... an accessible entry into Gould's life for young readers. STARRED REVIEW-- "Shelf Awareness"
Charmingly illustrated.-- "Prairie Books NOW"
Wonderful ... a book about the necessity and beauty of self-expression, self-love, and self-acceptance.-- "Cloud Lake Literary"
Nancy Vo's illustrations have a cool, quirky feel that suits their subject well. Readers ... are likely to be impressed as much by Gould's idiosyncrasy as they are by his artistic dedication.-- "Wall Street Journal"
This is a serious and beautiful introduction to a great musician, who was also a gracious and humane man with a particular tenderness toward animals and children. ... As Glenn As Can Be is a celebration of individuality but also a reminder that, despite Gould's determined solitude, he left an unusually generous legacy to us all.-- "The New York Times"
Sarah Ellis and Nancy Vo combine their talents to bring Gould to life for young readers.-- "Montreal Gazette"