Irving Berlin, the Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing

Irving Berlin, the Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing

Irving Berlin came to the United States as a refugee from Tsarist Russia, escaping a pogrom that destroyed his village. Growing up on the streets of the lower East Side, the rhythms of jazz and blues inspired his own song-writing career. Starting with his first big hit, "Alexander's Ragtime Band," Berlin created the soundtrack for American life with his catchy tunes and irresistible lyrics. With "God Bless America," he sang his thanks to the country which had given him a home and a chance to express his creative vision.

Title:Irving Berlin, the Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781939547446
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    Irving Berlin, the Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing Reviews

  • Betsy

    Patriotism is subjective. Until recently I might have thought myself somewhat immune to its charms. I like my country quite a lot, but I’ve a low-tolerance for nationalism, and in this particular da...

  • Gary Anderson

    In Irving Berlin: The Immigrant Boy Who Made American Sing, Nancy Churnin delivers another inspiring picture book biography. Beginning with young Irving arriving in New York on a boat from Russia, rea...

  • Robin Newman

    Irving Berlin, one of the most famous American composers of the Twentieth Century, if not THE most famous, immigrated to the United States from Western Siberia. He was just five years old when he laid...

  • Daniel

    This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 5.0 of 5This children's picture book about one of America's greatest songwriters - who wasn't actually born in the United States of A...

  • Linda

    I've known something of Irving Berlin's life before, that he wrote Alexander's Ragtime Band, White Christmas and God Bless America, but Nancy Churnin has managed to write of his life from his poor beg...

  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*

    Churnin, Nancy Irving Berlin: The Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing, illustrated by James Rey Sanchez. PICTURE BOOK. Creston, 2018. $18. 9781939547446.In the 1890’s Irving’s family fled from Rus...

  • Jana

    As families sit outside on blankets together to enjoy fireworks displays this summer, they are certain to hear some of Irving Berlin's music, especially "God Bless America". The days leading up to the...

  • Denice Hein

    Great picture book/biography about a Russian Immigrant and how he become the person to write "God Bless America"....

  • Carol Ekster

    This picture book biography is so beautifully written and it's such an inspirational story. It gave me goosebumps! ...

  • Maggie Mattmiller

    At the start I was worried it wouldn't get to where I was expecting/hoping it would... but of course it did! Definitely need to add this to my classroom library!...