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Write On, Irving Berlin!

Escaping persecution for being Jewish, the Baline family fled Russia and arrived by ship in New York City harbor in September 1893. Little Israel Isidore Baline is only five years old. After arriving at Ellis Island, the first stop for all immigrants, Israel and his family are ready to begin a new life in America. His family settles in the Lower East Side and soon Israel (now nicknamed Izzy) starts school. And while he learns English, he is not a very good student. According to his teachers he daydreams and sings in class. But while these may not be traits that are helpful in the classroom, these are wonderful tools for a budding singer and composer. And by the time that Izzy (now known as Irving) is a young man, he is well on his way to becoming one of the most well-known composers in America. This vivid picture-book biography examines the life of Irving Berlin, the distinguished artist whose songs, including “God Bless America,” continue to be popular today.

  • 2018 Eureka! California Reading Association Honor Book Award
  • 2019 Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Younger Readers
  • 2019 Notable Books for a Global Society Winner
  • 2021 New York State Reading Association Charlotte Award Winner
Interest Level Grade 1 - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 2
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions 9 x 11


Available Formats Hardcover (9781585363803), PDF (9781534122963), Hosted ebook (9781534123137)
Publication Date 05/15/2018
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Language English
Copyright 2018
Dewey 782.42164092 B
Lexile 660L