The Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing
Irving Berlin came to the United States as a refugee from Tsarist Russia, escaping a pogrom that destroyed his village. Growing up on the streets of the lower East Side, the rhythms of jazz and blues inspired his own song-writing career. Starting with his first big hit, Alexander’s Ragtime Band, Berlin created the soundtrack for American life with his catchy tunes and irresistible lyrics. With “God Bless America,” he sang his thanks to the country which had given him a home and a chance to express his creative vision.
|Interest Level||Grade 2 - Grade 5|
|Reading Level||Grade 3|
|Genre||Nonfiction, Picture Books|
|Number of Pages||32|
- NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
- North Texas Book Festival Book Award
“An inviting look at a timeless life.”—Booklist
" . . . [A]n engaging biography that highlights the compassion, generosity, and patriotism that characterized [Irving Berlin’s] life."
“A book to share that celebrates an immigrant and his abiding love for his adopted country, its holidays, and his ‘home sweet home.’”—Kirkus Reviews
“Through vivid storytelling, Churnin describes young Irving’s impressions of the unfamiliar city . . .”—Publishers Weekly
School Library Journal
“To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the song ‘God Bless America’. . . .Churnin emphasizes the beginnings of Berlin’s career . . .”—School Library Journal
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Irving Berlin came to the United States as a refugee from Tsarist Russia, escaping a pogrom that destroyed his village. Growing up on the streets of the lower East Side, the rhythms of jazz and blues inspired his own song-writing career. Starting with his first big hit, Alexander’s… View available downloads →