Symphony for a Broken Orchestra: How Philadelphia Collected Sounds to Save Music

Symphony for a Broken Orchestra: How Philadelphia Collected Sounds to Save Music
Author(s)
Co-Authors / Illustrators
Age Range
6+
Release Date
October 25, 2022
ISBN
978-1536213638
Buy This Book
      
What happens when musical instruments can’t make the sounds we expect them to make? Is music still possible? An uplifting picture book based on a true story.

The schools of Philadelphia were filling up with broken violins, drums, pianos, and more, making it difficult for students to learn to play. This sparked an idea for a symphony, played entirely with the broken instruments, that would raise funds to repair the instruments themselves. Musicians young and old volunteered, and their captivating performance showed that even something broken can sing—and that great music is always possible with a bit of inventiveness and improvisation. Based on real events, this inspiring story introduces young readers to a range of instruments as it celebrates a community coming together to make a joyful, meaningful noise. More information about the nonprofit organization Broken Orchestra can be found in the back matter, including a link to an audio recording of the symphony performance.

Editor review

1 review
Creativity and Innovation
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
‘Symphony for a Broken Orchestra: How Philadelphia Collected Sounds to Save Music’ by Amy Ignatow, illustrated by Gwen Millward, shows how the power of music, even through unconventional means, can bring about newfound possibilities.

When it is discovered that schools in Philadelphia are chock full of broken instruments, it is quite upsetting. Children can’t play, or even learn how to do so. So, the community comes together to try to make something out of nothing, to fix what was broken by not merely fixing the instruments, but by creating a symphony written specifically for the broken instruments.

One of the more beautiful themes of the story is that just because something is broken doesn’t mean that it can’t also be beautiful. Creativity, innovation, persistence, and encouragement play a huge role in making this story, based on a true tale, come alive. An “about the book” section at the end as well as a note from Robert Blackson, the artistic director of Temple Contemporary who brought Symphony for a Broken Orchestra into being, help readers gain a better understanding of the purpose of the story and why it all matters.
Good Points
Creativity, innovation, persistence, and encouragement play a huge role in making this story, based on a true tale, come alive.
Report this review Comments (0) | Was this review helpful? 0 0

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.
Already have an account? or Create an account