Jubilee!: One Man's Big, Bold, and Very, Very Loud Celebration of Peace

Jubilee!: One Man's Big, Bold, and Very, Very Loud Celebration of Peace
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April 08, 2014
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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.

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On June 15, 1869, in Boston, Massachusetts, the loudest and biggest and longest concert began as a celebration of the end of the Civil War. Thought up and executed by Patrick S. Gilmore, whom this book is about, this event marked a turning point of peace in our nation's history.

This books is not only informative, but fun to read. The illustrations include dramatic "sound words" that add to the loudness that is trying to be expressed, the excitement and joy that Patrick Gilmore found in creating music. There are exclamation points throughout the text as well, and they emphasize the exuberant way this man must have lived. His music was an inspiration to many, and his Jubilee must have been quite a wonder to experience. My kids loved learning about this man and his contribution to history and music, and I loved learning about this event and thinking about how magnificent of an event it was. I think this book is a unique contribution to anyone's historical library for their children.
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