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Listen: How Evelyn Glennie, a Deaf Girl, Changed Percussion

"No. You can't," people said. But Evelyn knew she could. She only had to listen.

From the moment Evelyn Glennie heard her first note, music held her heart. She could play the piano by ear at age eight, the clarinet by age ten. But soon the nerves in her ears began to degenerate, and Evelyn was told that, as a deaf girl, she could never be a musician.

What sounds Evelyn couldn’t hear with her ears, though, she could feel resonate through her body, as if she were a drum, and the music she created as a result was extraordinary. All she had to do was listen in a way that others didn't. And soon, the world was listening too. This gorgeous and empowering picture book biography celebrates Evelyn Glennie, a deaf woman, who became the first full-time solo percussionist in the world.

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"Embracing the idea that 'her brain just listened differently,' Glennie fights to attend London’s Royal Academy of Music — resulting in changed rules across British music schools — then goes on to record albums, win two Grammy Awards, and be awarded damehood by Queen Elizabeth II. Digitally enhanced watercolor, gouache, and colored pencil illustrations by Holzwarth emphasize Glennie’s experience of finding, per an author’s note, 'other ways to listen,' capturing the figure’s barefoot performances via swirling, radiant colors that pour forth from her mallets." — Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 9
Author Shannon Stocker
Illustrator Devon Holzwarth
ISBN 0593109694
Publication Date Apr 12, 2022
Publisher Dial Books
Language English