What Music!: Saturday Storytime with Laurie Lawlor

We are delighted to host celebrated children's author Laurie Lawlor to the store for a special story time featuring her new book, What Music!: The Fifty-Year Friendship Between Beethoven and Nannette Streicher, Who Built His PianosStrings quivered. Notes shimmered. Meet best friends acclaimed composer Ludwig van Beethoven and bold female entrepreneur Nannette Streicher in this lively and lyrical nonfiction picture book. Ms. Lawlor masterfully uses forgotten historical letters, a glossary, and rich back matter on both friends’ lives and art to introduce readers to the man behind the music, from his loud laughter to his crushing handshake. Ms. Lawlor will be happy to sign her book following the story time!  This book is great for kids ages 6 to 9. 

More About the Book: In 1787, aspiring yet unknown composer Ludwig van Beethoven arrives at young Nannette Stein’s home. What follows is a decades-long friendship that persists whether life hits a low or high note. Acclaimed nonfiction writer Laurie Lawlor deftly depicts how these two fascinating friends—a composer with hearing loss and a woman who became an innovative piano maker in a time that discouraged female entrepreneurship—fought the odds and worked together in perfect harmony. Complete with Fearless World Traveler collaborator Becca Stadtlander’s intricate mixed-media artwork, What Music deftly dives into musical history–and herstory–in an intimate yet expansive picture book biography that hits just the right note.

Booklist, in a starred review, says, "Language as strong and melodic as her subjects’ music.... What a friendship!”

More About the Author: Laurie Lawlor is a prolific and celebrated author of children’s books. Her picture book biography Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World was named a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year and a National Science Teaching Association Outstanding Science Trade Book and received the John Burroughs Riverby Award. Her Super Women: Six Scientists Who Changed the World was named an NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book. She lives and teaches in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Event date: 

Saturday, December 9, 2023 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Event address: 

The Book Stall
811 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093
What Music!: The Fifty-year Friendship between Beethoven and Nannette Streicher, Who Built His Pianos By Laurie Lawlor, Becca Stadtlander (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Laurie Lawlor, Becca Stadtlander (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823451432
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Holiday House - October 24th, 2023

Strings quivered. Notes shimmered. Meet best friends acclaimed composer Ludwig van Beethoven and bold female entrepreneur Nannette Streicher in this lively and lyrical nonfiction picture book.

In a tall, narrow building on a wide avenue
pianos plinked and plunked day and night.
Everyone in quiet Augsburg knew the Stein home.
What music!