Cassie Loves Beethoven

Cassie Loves Beethoven


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When Hallie and David decide they want a pet cow, their father reluctantly agrees. After all, the children have promised to take care of it, and it will be an educational experience for everybody. But as the family brings their new pet home to their farm, they can't even begin to imagine how educational the experience of living with Cassie will turn out to be. The cow won't produce milk, and the kids try everything. And then they hit upon the solution: Beethoven. Not only does Cassie begin to produce milk, but she develops an insatiable fascination for music and, well, she talks. But Cassie's love for music may get her in trouble when she decides to become a concert pianist. This wonderful story from renowned actor and author Alan Arkin explores the unique dynamics that make up every family, the small triumphs that flavor life, and the enduring beauty and appeal of music.

Author Biography: Alan Arkin is an actor, film director, and producer. Nominated for a best-actor Oscar for his work in The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter and The Russians are Coming! The Russians are Coming!, he has most recently appeared in Slums of Beverly Hills, Grosse Pointe Blank, and Gattaca. He is also the author of several children's books, including The Lemming Condition and One Present from Flekman's, illustrated by Richard Egielski.

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ISBN-13: 9780786805648
Publisher: Hyperion
Publication date: 11/28/2000
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.75(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)
Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

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Cassie Loves Beethoven 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ncgraham on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This heartwarming children¿s book is about a piano-playing cow. And it is written by Alan Arkin.Yes, the same Alan Arkin who made his screen debut tormenting poor, blind Audrey Hepburn in that chilling thriller, Wait Until Dark, and was lately seen trading quips with a clueless Steve Carrell in Get Smart.That Alan Arkin.¿Cute¿ would be the operative word here.Unsurprisingly for someone who communicates through different mediums (he¿s also a composer and musician), Arkin does a pretty good job when it comes to just telling his story. But his writing is not always up to the same level as his storytelling skills. I found his overuse of dialogue tags particularly aggravating, made more so by the fact that I was reading the book aloud. After a little while, the reiterations of Cassie said and David said become unnecessary, especially if there are only two characters involved in the conversation.Arkin is most effective when describing Beethoven¿s music or having his characters describe it. It is clear that he is passionate about the subject, and somehow that makes the emotion deeper and the prose more fluid than they are elsewhere.But with the exceptions of those sections, I¿m afraid I just couldn¿t dredge up much interest in the story Arkin was telling. I expected to love it¿it sounded light and whimsical, and how could I say no to Beethoven?¿but somehow it just fell flat for me. It may have a lot to do with when I read it; at the time I had just finished reading Eleanor Estes¿ Pinky Pye with my sister, which was about a typewriting kitty. And then there was this, about a piano-playing cow. Far too much anthropomorphism all together.I definitely prefer Actor!Arkin to Author!Arkin, and I¿m not sure I¿d recommend this book, particularly. But I may keep it around. Perhaps, a few years from now, I¿ll pick it up and find the magic that I missed this time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked the book because it had a lot of different music instruments that were cool to learn about. I also thought it was very funny!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this aloud to my 4 children, ages 5-9. Although yes, there are some wordy passages, and I had to explain a few words for the younger ones, they ALL laughed aloud at various parts. If you have (or can borrow) some of Beethoven's music, let them hear it, too! The great thing about this book is that we ALL enjoyed it. Boys and girls alike begged for more!