Saturday, May 17, 2008

May 17 Birthdays: Erik Satie and Splash, the dog

Erik Satie, musician
May 17, 1866-July 1, 1925

Strange Mr. Satie by M.T. Anderson, illustrated by Petra Mathers (Viking, 2003)

The eccentric French composer’s life and music is examined in this picture book biography about him.

Pictures and paintings of Satie can be seen on a site dedicated to him and his work.

Splash, dog of Senator Edward Kennedy
May 17, 1997-

My Senator and Me: A Dog’s Eye View of Washington D.C. by Edward Kennedy, illustrated by David Small (Scholastic, 2006)

Told from the dog’s point of view, Splash takes readers through a day in the life of Senator Edward Kennedy.

Read a behind-the-scenes interview with Cheryl Klein, the editor of this book on the Scholastic web site.