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Where does this girl's musical journey begin? Perhaps it begins because her uncle has a cold, so she receives the extra ticket. Or perhaps it begins hundreds of years before, when, "Because a man named Ludwig wrote beautiful music— / a man named Franz was inspired to create his own." And perhaps, when the girl grows up, she will be the "because" for someone else's love of music. Because sometimes it’s the smallest moments that have the biggest impact.

Mo Willems, a number one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, composes a powerful symphony of chance, discovery, persistence, and magic in this moving tale of a young girl's journey to center stage. Illustrator Amber Ren brings Willems' music to life, conducting a stunning picture-book debut.

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"A quiet Willems book traces a child’s path to her musical vocation as the consequence of a string of events and contributions.... [A] girl in a red sweatshirt gets a ticket, and the experience changes her. She floats out of the concert hall; vignettes show her practicing multiple instruments diligently. Because 'she worked very hard' — and because 'she was also very lucky' — she becomes a composer, and the performance of her work joins the chain of events that change lives." — Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 4 - 8
Author Mo Willems
Illustrator Amber Ren
ISBN 1368019013
Publication Date Mar 5, 2019
Publisher Hyperion Books for Children
Language English