Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Book Review - Jubilee!: One Man's Big, Bold, and Very, Very Loud Celebration of Peace
About the Book
An exuberant picture book applauds the man behind the 1869 National Peace Jubilee, the largest and loudest concert the world had ever seen — or heard.
As a young boy growing up in Ireland, Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore loved music — the louder, the better! This love of music followed him to Boston in 1849, where he became a bandleader. During the brutal Civil War, it was music that kept up his spirits and those of his fellow soldiers. So when the war ended and peace was restored to the country, Patrick had an idea. He would create the biggest, boldest, loudest concert the world had ever known to celebrate. A peace jubilee! But with twelve cannons, forty church bells, one thousand musicians, and ten thousand singers, just how would all of this sound? Matt Tavares’s spirited illustrations burst with sound words in perfect harmony with Alicia Potter’s triumphant story of the joy of music.
My Take on the Book
You often hear people say "what can one person accomplish"? Well after reading this biography of Patrick S. Gilmore, I think you will agree that one person can have a huge influence in many ways. Gilmore was known by John Phillip Sousa as the Father of the American Band. After the Civil War, Gilmore orchestrated a musical extravaganza to celebrate the end of the war. He held it in Boston and had hundreds of musicians, singers, cannons, church bells, etc. become part of this once in a lifetime exhibit of music love.
This book does an excellent job of telling about Gilmore's life. It illustrates his challenges and frustrations in developing this celebration. Maybe this story will inspire your child to become a musician. We never know where such talent will take a person in their future.
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