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Our Little Mushroom

A Story of Franz Schubert and His Friends

Illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully
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Caldecott Medal winner Emily Arnold McCully delivers a charming picture book following the life of prolific composer and musician Franz Schubert through the eyes of the friends who helped him find success.

Franz Schubert was only eleven when he auditioned for the Emperor’s Choir School in Vienna, a place where everyone loved music. Franz barely spoke a word, but he sang like an angel, and his friends took to calling him “Little Mushroom” because he was small. As Franz continued to study and practice his music, his friends were amazed by his talent. The last thing Franz’s father wanted was for his son to be a musician—surely he would starve!—but Franz’s friends refused to let him quit. They vowed to help Franz devote himself to his music, and to make sure the world heard their talented friend.

Franz Schubert would go on to write a thousand pieces of music. Discover the true story of a prolific composer and musician in this beautiful tale about the strength of friendship and the rewards of hard work in finding success.

Emily Arnold McCully was born in Galesburg, Illinois. After college at Brown University, she earned a master’s degree at Columbia University in art history. She worked as a freelance illustrator for magazines, advertisements, and book publishers until a radio station commissioned a series of posters showing children playing. The first appeared in subway cars, where it was seen by a children’s book editor. It launched a long career, first as an illustrator, then as author/illustrator of picture books. McCully won a Caldecott Medal in 1993. She has two grown sons and one grandson and lives in New York City and Columbia County, New York, where she grows flowers and vegetables. Visit her at EmilyArnoldMcCully.com.

Emily Arnold McCully was born in Galesburg, Illinois. After college at Brown University, she earned a master’s degree at Columbia University in art history. She worked as a freelance illustrator for magazines, advertisements, and book publishers until a radio station commissioned a series of posters showing children playing. The first appeared in subway cars, where it was seen by a children’s book editor. It launched a long career, first as an illustrator, then as author/illustrator of picture books. McCully won a Caldecott Medal in 1993. She has two grown sons and one grandson and lives in New York City and Columbia County, New York, where she grows flowers and vegetables. Visit her at EmilyArnoldMcCully.com.

“Franz’s story is warming not only because of the amount of music he was able to produce during his short life, but because of the joy with which his friends continued to push him to create what he loved most in the world.”

—Karen W., VP, Editorial Director, on Our Little Mushroom