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Book Review: Handel, Who Knew What He Liked

 Author: M.T. Anderson.

Illustrator: Kevin Hawkes

Genre: Picture Book Biography

Age Level: Grades 3-6+ (younger for reading aloud; older for pure enjoyment)

 

            Do you know what you like? Do you go after it no matter who or what gets in the way?

            When his father said he couldn’t study music, George Frideric Handel smuggled his instrument into the attic. When his father said he couldn’t go on a family trip, Handel ran down the road after him. This determination enabled him to succeed and become one of the world’s most beloved composers. If you’ve ever sung the Christmas carol “Joy to the World,” then you’ve heard some of Handel’s music. You’ve probably heard his famous “Hallelujah Chorus” too.

            This is a great book (even if you don’t care for classical music.)  It’s funny and serious. There’s even a duel! Laugh at Handel’s antics and cheer his perseverance. Be inspired. Like Handel, you can be what you want to be.

 Anderson, M.T. Handel, Who Knew What He Liked.Cambridge,MA: Candlewick Press, 2001.

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On Friday, July 22, PSJr Director Stephanie Scordia and PSJr board member Aileen Bachant spent the afternoon at the Tacony branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Eight young writers (grades 5-9) found refuge from the sweltering temps and attended the workshop, which wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Branch Manager David Payne. Best of luck to everyone who submitted their work!


Shmoop <http://www.shmoop.com>  announces its Summer 2011 Reading List. Students and teachers voted, haggled and campaigned online to get their favorite books to the top of the must-read list. Below are the top fifteen hottest books to read this summer. Be the first to write a review for the PS, Jr. blog! Contact Stephanie at psjr@philadelphiastories.org to learn how to become an official PS, Jr. blogger!

1. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

2. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

3. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

4. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

5. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy

6. The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein

7. Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand

8. Perfume, by Patrick Suskind

9. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman

10. Breakfast at Tiffany’s, by Truman Capote

11. Animal Dreams, by Barbara Kingsolver

12. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury

13. Room, by Emma Dona

14. The Sword of Shannara, by Terry Brooks

15. Unwind, by Neal Shusterman


This summer, PS Jr. has partnered with the Free Library of Philadelphia to conduct writing workshops at various branches throughout the city. Each workshop is unique in that it will serve the needs and interests of the young people who frequent that particular branch. These workshops are free, but space is limited, so please contact the branch nearest you to register today! 

 

 

Tacony Branch

6742 Torresdale Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19135

 215-685-8755

Friday, July 22

2pm

Grades 7-12

90 minutes

WORKSHOP LEADERS: AILEEN BACHANT & STEPHANIE SCORDIA

 

West Oak Lane Branch

2000 E. Washington Lane

Philadelphia, PA 19138

215-685-2843

Thursday, July 14

2pm

Grades 9-12

90 minutes

WORKSHOP LEADER: TERESA FITZPATRICK

AND

Thursday, July  21

2pm

Grades 5-8

90 minutes

WORKSHOP LEADER: TERESA FITZPATRICK

Falls of Schuylkill Branch

3501 Midvale Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19129

215-685-2093

Wednesday, August 3 

6:30pm

Grades 9-12

90 minutes

WORKSHOP LEADER: ANDREA VINCI

AND

Wednesday, September 21

4pm

Grades K-4

60 minutes

WORKSHOP LEADERS: JANE KLEIN & STEPHANIE SCORDIA

Lillian Marrero Branch

601 W. Lehigh Ave

Philadelphia, PA 19133

215.685.9794

TBD

Grades 5-8

60 minutes

WORKSHOP LEADER: MICHELLE WITTLE