英語で読書♪簡単な本を中心に洋書での読書を楽しんでいます。映画の感想や旅行の記録などもアップしています。楽しくなる情報を共有できますように♪
Who Was Nelson Mandela? (Who Was?) / Meg Belviso & Pamela D. Pollack
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Meg Belviso Pamela D. Pollack Stephen Marchesi

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ネルソン・マンデラ氏の伝記。

若いころの活動の様子はよく知らなかったので勉強になりました。
南アフリカのアパルトヘイト下での民衆への厳しい弾圧の様子がよくわかります。

Once black kings had ruled South Africa. Then white settlers came from Europe. They grabbed land for themselves and took control of the coundry. By the late 1800s, black South Africans had no voice in the government.

p2
うう、悲劇の始まり。。。

もう少し詳しくいうと、

In 1647 a Dutch ship wrecked on the southwest coast. The surviving sailors liked the area so much, they stayed and built a fort. So many Dutch came as settlers, they pushed the naive people off their lands. The Dutch formed their own colony, a community in africa under Dutch rule.

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"When the Europeans came to Africa," the tribal elders said, "they had the Bible and we had the land. They said, 'Let us pray.' We closed our eyes. When we opened them, we had the Bible and they had the land.

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The government of South Africa started a cruel system of segregation, a way of keeping people of different races apart. In English the word for this system meant "apartness." In Afrikaans, the language of Dutch South Africans, it was called apartheid.

p23
アパルトヘイトってapartnessからきていたんですね。

A black person was forbidden from shaking hands with a white person. Black people had to address whites formally, either "mister" and "miss" or "sir" and "ma'am," while white people called blacks only by their first names. On the road, white drivers even had the right-of-way at all intersections!

p28
アメリカでの例。

By the time the shooting stopped, sixty-nine people lay dead or dying, and another 180 were wounded seriously, including thirty-one women and nineteen children. Most of the dead were shot in the back in their attempt to escape the police.

p52
On March 21, 1960の出来事

Mandela was led to the cell that would be his home for the next eighteen years. It was eight feet wide and weven feet long, lit by a single forty-watt lightbulb. The bulb stayed on day and night. Mandela could walk across the room in three steps.There was a mat for sleeping and three blankets so thin he could see through them. His tiolet was a small iron bucket.

p64
大変な環境ですね。。。

Winnie Mandela
Winnie Mandela shared her husband's commitment to ending apartheid. During the years Nelson spent in prison, Winnie was often jailed, beaten, and harassed. This treatment left her angry and made her see violence as an acceptable way of dealing with enemies.

p69
元奥さんも活動家だったのですね。

He studied law through the mail. He learned Afrikaner history and language. The darkest time for him in prison was when he was forbidden to study. This lasted four years. But Nelson was determined, and he passed his intermediate law exams when he was forty-five years old.

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A group in the Soweto Township organized a protest. Ten thousand students participated. Some were only six years old. Yet the police opened fire on them. The township of Soweto became a battleground. Once again dead bodies filled the streets, many of them children. Their parents joined the fight. The fire of lit in Soweto spread to other townships. The riots went on for sixteen months before they were crushed. Nearly one thousand people died and 5,980 were arrested. The police did not lose a single man.

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On February 11, 1990, at 4:15 p.m., Nelson Mandela stepped out of prison. He was seventy-one years old, and had spent ten thousand days behind bars. Outside Cape Town city Hall fifty thousand people gathered to hear him speak. He chanted, "Amandle!" ("Power!") which meants "The power is ours!"

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Who Was Mark Twain? (Who Was?) / April Jones Prince
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Who Was Mark Twain?: Who Was?Who Was Mark Twain?: Who Was?
April Jones Prince Nancy Harrison

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マーク・トウェインの伝記。

get-rich-quickって、Encyclopedia Brownシリーズでも、敵役がいつもトライして失敗していますが、アメリカの伝統?
ベストセラーでお金持ちになって投資で失敗して借金がかさんでそれを返済するために講演活動しまくって、と波乱万丈の人生です。

"When I was younger I could remember anything, whether it had happened or not."

p1
各章の最初に興味深いマークトウェイン本人の言葉が掲載されています。

Sam also wanted to make money ---lots of money. So when he read about people making fortunes trading the cocoa plant in South America, he decided to go there. It was the first of many get-rich-quick schemes Sam made the mistake of pursuing.

p18
その後何度も失敗することになる「すぐにお金持ちになる方法」の最初!

A steamboat had to travel in water that was at least twelve feet deep, which was the second mark on the line. When a pilot heard the leadsman call "mark twain" ("twain" was another word for two), he knew the boat was just barely safe --- or just on the edge of danger. It was also a good description of the way Sam Clements lived his life, so he chose "Mark Twain" for his pen name.

p23
2番目の結び目、ぎりぎりの人生、からつけたペンネームなんですね。

After the Northern victory in 1865, slavery was abolished. The four years of fighting claimed 620,000 lives.

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そんなに!

"There are two times in a man's life when he should not speculate: when he can't afford it, and he can."

p78
講演とベストセラーで裕福になって、もっと裕福に、とあれこれ投資して貧乏に。。。

Month after month, for fourteen years, Mark poured his saving and Livy's family money into the typesetter. He was sure it would make his family millions of dollars. It didn't.

p83
山師ですねー。そんなに長い間お金をつぎ込んでもだめなのですね。

The sad solution was to leave Connecticut and live for a while in Europe, where costs were lower.

p86
ヨーロッパの方が生活費が安かったんですね。今も?

In June 1904, Livy died. At her bedside, Mark, Clara, and Jean put their hearts would break. Mark had never felt so alone. "She was all our riches, and she is gone," Mark wrote. "She was our breath, she was our life, and now we are nothing." Clara had a nervous breakdown and spent months in the hospital. Jean, who had developed epilepsy, began having terrible seizures and would have to be hospitalized as well. Mark saw his once-happy family torn pieces.

p95
epilepsy:てんかん seizure:発作
母親を中心にした結びつきの強い家族だったのですね。


Who Was Winston Churchill? (Who Was?)Ellen Labrecque
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Ellen Labrecque Jerry Hoare

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ウィンストン・チャーチル氏の伝記。
失敗しても追い詰められても常に前向きの、
激動の時代を生きた戦う人の人生が語られます。

Winston's mother, Jeanette (Jennie) Jerome, was a beautiful and wealthy American. Jennie's family was in England on vacation when she ment Lord Randolph. They became engaged just days after they met.

p12
お母さんはアメリカ人だったんですね。

Winston took the entrance exam for the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, a training center for future British officers. He failed twice. But Winston never gave up. He finally passed on his third try.

p18
何度も試験に落ちた、って結構有名な逸話ですよね。

During one of the South African battles, Winston hepled rescue a British train that had been ambushed by Boer soldiers. He was captured and taken as a prisoner of war in Pretoria, South Africa. He spent his twenty-fifth birthday locked up. Eventually, Winston escaped through a bathroom window. After newspapers reported on his daring prison excape, Winston became famous back home in Great Britain.

p23
「映像の世紀」でボーア戦争でのチャーチルがちらっと映っていましたが、こんなこともあったんですね。

Winston remained in the House of Commons as an elected official for most of the next sixty-three years. He would serve for kings and one queen, Elizabeth Ⅱ.

p27
長いキャリアですね。

Winston served in the military for five and a half months, on the front lines in the trenches. He wrote to his wife asking for supplies such as thigh-high waterproof boots and a sheepskin sleeping bag.

p43
1915-1916

Winston created a policy based on the principle of "first in, first out." If you had been one of the first soldiers to sign up to fight, you were one of the first allowed to go home.

p49
何百万の兵士を国に帰国させる際の新ルール。

In the peace treaty after the war, this land was made into new countries. The Allied Powers who had won the war helped establish Syria, Iraq, and Jordan in the Middle East.

p49
SyriaとLebanonはフランス、IraqとJordanとPalestineはイギリス。

He helped create a peace treaty that allowed Southern Ireland to become an independent country.

p50
そうなんだ。

World War Ⅰ had left the defeated country in shambles.

p60
shamble よろよろ歩く

He often spent one hour preparing for every inute of the speech he was about to give. If a speech was thirty minutes long, he spent nearly thirty hours working on it! But the effort was always worthwhile.

p69
そんなにちゃんと準備する方だったんですね。

In the summer of 1940, Germany attacked Great Britain. They dropped bombs on the city of London for fifty-seven nights in a row. People slept in the subway tunnels for safety. London became a city of burned-down buildings. More than one million houses were damaged or destroyed.

p69
ヨーロッパはあちこち戦場に。。。

Winston refused to sleep inside a protected government bunker. Although he spent his nights watching the bombings from the roof of government buildings, he returned to his home afterward. He wanted to endure these attacks in the same way that her British civilians did.

p72
こういうところが人気の理由のひとつなのでしょうね。

Stalled by England's refusal to quit, and backed by its allies Italy and Jaoan, Germany ended the blitz and invaded the Soviet Union instead.

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blitz : 電撃、急襲、(ドイツ空軍による 1940‐41 年の)ロンドン大空襲、集中的な取り組み

His booming, gravelly voice boosted morale and gave the world hope to "keep calm and carry on." This British motto is still repeated all over the world!

p74
boom:とどろき gravelly:〈声が〉がらがらの

On December 7, 1941, President Roosevelt's position changed after Japan attacked a US naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

p76
アメリカ参戦でヨーロッパは助かるわけですが。。

In 1955, he won the Charlemagne Prize from Germany. This prize is one of the highest honors a world leader can receive.

p96
ドイツから勲章を。

He truly believed that success is not final and failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.

p100
success is not final and failure is not fatal 激動の時代、人生を過ごした人ならではの言葉で、重みがあります。

Who Was Beatrix Potter? (Who Was?) / Sarah Fabiny
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Sarah Fabiny Mike Lacey

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ピーターラビットシリーズで有名なビアトリクス・ポターの伝記。

ビアトリクス・ポターの伝記というと、こちらの映画がすごく良かったです。
ミス・ポター [DVD]ミス・ポター [DVD]

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また見直してみたくなりますね。
湖水地方もいつかのんびり行ってみたいなあ。

Mr. Potter introduced Beatrix to the artist John Everett Millais. She visited his studio often and had a chance to see how an artist worked and lived.

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エヴァレット・ミレー(代表作「オフィーリア」)と子供のころに親交があったなんて素敵ですね。

VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM
It owns the largest collection of Beatrix Potter's drawings, manuscripts, letters, and photographs in the world.

p20
この美術館に収められているのですね。

From the whiskers on mice to the fur of a rabbit to the skin of a lizard, Beatrix felt it was important to show animals exactly as they appear in nature. Their charm and realistic appearance are what still appeal to children today.

p56
ふむ。リアルなところが子供に受けているのですね。

In 1905, Norman Warne proposed to her. Beatrix was almost forty years old at the time. She knew her parents would not approve. They believed Beatrix should marry someone from a higher social class. Norman and his family were tradespeople --- people who had to work for a living. But Beatrix and Norman loved each other, and Beatrix felt she had the right to make this decision herself.

p57
このときにNormanに起こったことはなにか不自然な気が。。。。

Just as planned, she started earning money from the farm, as well. Beatrix had found something else that she enjoyed and was good at.

p71
実際に農牧業をする、ってアクティブですね。

It is clear that they care for each other very much and are determined to make a life together. Beatrix was forty-seven years old and had waited a long time for this happy moment.

p78
信頼で結ばれた自立したカップル、いいなあ。

Fruing discovered Beatrix wasn't being paid all the money that she was owed! Frederick Warne & Co. was in trouble. And it turned out that Harold Warne had been stealing money from his own family's company. In April 1917, Harold went to prison for forgery.

p83
うーん、こんなトラブルにも巻きこまれていたんですね。

Beatrix had published twenty-three best-selling books in fewer than thirty years. What an accomplishment!

p91
ほんとすごいですね!

On Beatrix's seventieth birthday, the Girl Guides surprised her with a special party. They came to the farm dressed as characters from her books. Beatrix was deeply touched.

p96
いいですね。

あんなにいろいろ反対されたお母さんを晩年引き取って一緒に暮らしているのもえらいなあ。


Who Was Mother Teresa? (Who Was?) / Jim Gigliotti
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Jim Gigliotti Nancy Harrison

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マザーテレサの伝記。
強い意志を持った聖なる人の人生が語られます。

Mother Teresa was the headmistress at St. Mary’s --- that is why she was called “Mother.” She had taught history and geography for fifteen years.

p2
教師だったのですね。

“It was a command,” she said. “Something to be done. Something definite. I knew where I had to be.”

p4
天に命ぜられる、ものなのでしょうね。

Drana suspected he was poisoned by political enemies, although that was never proved.

p18
お父さん、突然亡くなり、暗殺されたかもしれないのですね。。

The town of Darjeeling is famous around the world for growing the tea of the same name.

p39
ダージリンって町の名前なのですね。

Her father’s ability to speak many languages must have rubbed off on Agnes, because she learned them all quickly.

p41
...rub off on [someone] [someone]が...の影響を受ける

A Roman Catholic nun publicly “vows” --- or pledges --- her commitment to the church. She promises to observe poverty, chastity, and obedience as part of her calling to serve God.

p45
chastity 純潔、貞節

Mother Teresa was a cloistered nun. She had to live and work within the convert. Rarely was she allowed outside.

p48
cloister 引きこもる、修道院、隠遁生活

Gandhi’s philosophy of life was called Satyagraha --- or “True force”. Satyagraha was based on the three principles of noncooperation, nonviolence, and nonpossession.

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She called leaving St. Mary’s School the most difficult thing she had ever done, “an even harder sacrifice for me than leaving my family.” She had hardly any money on her: only three rupees --- about two and a half cents!

p62
3ルピー=5円だけ持って!

One day, in 1952, Mother Teresa saw a woman lying in the street. Rats had eaten away part of her flesh. Her wounds were crawling with maggots. No one stopped to help her. So Mother Teresa, herself a small person, picked up the dying woman and took her to the hospital. (中略) Mother Teresa knew the woman would not survive. But she also knew that the woman didn’t deserve to die in the street like an animal.

p72

In Albania, citizens were not free to travel in and out of the country. Mother Teresa tried to persuade the Albania government to let her sister and mother come to India. The government refused. Mother Teresa offered to go to Albania. But if she did, the government said she might not be able to return to India.

p86
アルバニアって厳しい統制がされていたのですね。。

Mother Teresa believed that people of all different faiths were praying to the same God. The most important thing was to love one another. “The best conversion is to make the people love one another,” she said. “When they love one another, they come closer to God.”

p91
conversion 改宗

In 2003, Mother Teresa was beatified by the Catholic Church.

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beatify 天福を受けさせる、【カトリック】〈死者を〉列福する

Who Were the Brothers Grimm? (Who Was...?)" / Avery Reed
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Who Were the Brothers Grimm? (Who Was...?)Avery Reed John O'Brien

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グリム兄弟の伝記。
ドイツの歴史も学べます。

This story shows that taking your time is better than doing something quickly. The phrase "slow and steady wins the race" comes from this fable.

p24
Aesop’s fables の”The tortoise and the hare”から

Napoleon's brother who now ruled Kassel, hired Jacob to run the palace library.

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The Grimms, however, believed that fairy tales were hidden treasures of German culture and values.

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Fairy tales were about facing challenges and overcoming them.

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In each country, the story had a different title and the characters had different names. It was Perrault who added the pumpkin carriage, the fairy god mother, and Cinderella's glass slipper to the story. In the German version that the Grimms found, Cinderella does not have a fairy godmother but receives help from a wishing tree that grows on her mother's grave.

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Perrault was also an adviser to the king of France. He encouraged Louis XIV to create Aesop's fountain at Versailles, which included thirty-nine statues, each representing one of Aesop's fables.

p53
ベルサイユに今もあるのかな?

One mother told Wilhelm she refused to let her children read the book because of one story. In it, children are tricked into killing their friends. Wilhelm adamantly defended the story: His own mother had told it to him as a child, and, as a result, he played with his friends more carefully.

p56
adamantly 断固として、頑固に

Her death had an enormous impact on the brothers. As soon as he could, Jacob returned home to Kassel. The brothers decided never to live apart again.

p64

German Grammar became a national best seller. In fact, it sold better than the fairy tales!

p69
学者として有名だったんですね。

Many people knew the myths from ancient Greece and Rome. But very few knew any German myths. Instead, they thought ancient Germans were barbaric. Now, because of Jacob, people could read these ancient stories and see that ancient Germans were actually civilized people with a system of law and faith in the divine. People who study German mythology today refer to the time before 1835 as "before Grimm" and the years after 1835 as "after Grimm."

p79

They did not think a ruler should have the power to take away the people's rights. These seven professors became known as the Gottingen Seven.

p80

Crowds would gather outside their home and sing songs until Jacob and Wilhelm stepped out onto the balcony. The Grimms were greeted with cheers, speeches, and even gifts.

p90

It is not easy to write an original fairy tale. Hans Christian Andersen, however, created many new fairy tales that became just as famous as the ones that had existed for hundreds of years.

p92

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm began the first major German dictionary. Their goal was to give the history and meaning of every word used in German literature from 1500 to 1832.
(中略)
After the brothers died, other German scholars worked to finish it. It wasn't until 1960 --- over one hundred years after the Grimms had started --- that the dictionary was completed. Their dictionary inspired England, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Switzerland to create dictionaries of their own.

p95
100年後に完成!

Next to the Bible, Children's and Household Tales is still the most widely read book in Germany.

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Who Was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart? (Who Was...?) / Yona Zeldis McDonough
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ヴォルフガング・アマデウス・モーツァルトの伝記。
イラストが精密で衣装や楽器が美しく描かれています。

Six children had come before him, so he was the baby of the family. But only Wolfgang and his big sister, Maria Anna, lived past their first birthdays. Back them when babies or young children got sick, there were no medicines like there are today. So sadly, it was common for children to die.

p5
同じページにその頃のヨーロッパの地図が掲載されているのですが、
Austrian Monarchy、領土、広いですね。

When Wolfie was first introduced to the empress, he ran right over and jumped on her lap. Then he gave her a big hug and lots of kisses. The empress, who was a mother was charmed.

p24
うーん、人懐っこいですね。子供になれているお母さんでよかったですね(笑)

On tour, Wolfie was often sick. Most days, he gave concerts in the early afternoon and evening. Sometimes he might give three concerts in a single day. He composed music in the morning and at night. Sometimes he stayed up all night and didn't go to sleep until dawn.

p33
7歳でこの働きぶり!
ザルツブルクの博物館で子どもの時の馬車での移動の様子を説明してくれるビデオを見たのですが、ほんと大変そうでした。

For seven weeks, Wolfie and Nannerl could not practice their music because the noise might disturb Papa. Nine-year-old Wolfie needed something to do, so he composed a symphony --- his first. It is called the Symphony in E-flat and is still performed today. Later Nannerl wrote, "I had to copy it out as I sat his side. Whilst he composed and I copied, he said to me: 'Remind me to give the horn something worthwhile to do!'
It is quite remarkable to think of a child writing a symphony. A symphony is a piece of classical music written for an orchestra, which, at that time, was made up of at least eight different instruments.

p38

That night, Wolfie couldn't sleep. He kept hearing the music in his head. He got up and quietly searched for a pen and music paper. Then he sat down and began to write the notes he had heard. It all came back to him. Note for note, the great Miserere was down on paper. It was the first time this had ever been done outside the Pope's choir room. All his life, people would be astonished by Wolfie's ability to hear music and memorize it instantly.

p55
すごい才能!

Constanze and Wolfgang had six children, though only two sons, Karl Thomas and Franz Xaver, lived more than a year. Mozart taught his older son Karl Thomas to play the clavier and to sing. The whole family sang and played music together often. Sometimes, their pet bird, a starling, would join in the songs.

p84
乳児死亡率、高いですね。。
でも楽しそうな家族のイラストが書かれています。
starling ムクドリ

Mozart and Haydn became very close friends. Eventually, Mozart went on to compose many pieces of music that he dedicated to his "dear friend" Haydn. Some were piano concertos. These are pieces of music written for an orchestra with highlights for the piano. Others, eight in all, were for string quartets --- two violins, a viola, and a bass.

p85
いい友達だったのですね!

Despite all the praise heaped on him, Mozart never became too proud. He valued his own music but also appreciated the music of others. He knew that other composers had something to teach him. After hearing the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, he exclaimed, "Now here's something one can learn from!"

p85
素直!

The Marriage of Figaro opened at the Grand Opera House in Vienna and was a big success. The company went on to Prague, which was then part of Bohemia and is now in the Czech Republic. The opera was an even bigger hit there. Everywhere in Prague, people were humming the music from Mozart's opera or dancing to one of its lively tunes.

p90
プラハで大人気!

On December 4, 1791, he asked his friends to join him at his bedside. Together, they sang different parts of the requiem. On December 5, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died. He was only thirty-five. The requiem remained unfinished, though the parts that he did complete are considered some of the most beautiful music he ever wrote.

p98
ここに書かれているイラストでは映画「アマデウス」ほど寂しそうな感じではないですが。。

After Mozart's death, Constanze married a man who became a loving stepfather to Karl Thomas and Franz Xaver.

p100
へー、よかったですね。

In 2002, on the one-year anniversary of the September 11 attacks, choirs around the world sang Mozart's requiem for a span of twenty-four hours in a global effort to honor those who died.

p102

オーケストラの構成

Orchestras always have at least eight instruments, one of which must be a violin. Musical instruments are divided into four types.

Percussion
Percussion instruments are instruments that are struck, such as the piano, the harpsichord, the clavier, drums, cymbals, and xylophone.

Strings
String instruments are played by vibrating strings. The violin, viola, violon-cello, and bass viol are all string instruments.

Woodwinds
Woodwinds are played by blowing on a reed or across an opening. The flute, clarinet, oboe, English horn, saxophone, and bassoon are woodwinds.

Brass
Brass instruments such as the coronet, trumpet, French horn, trombone, and tuba are played by blowing into a circular mouthpiece.

p41


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Who Was Jim Henson? (Who Was...?) / Joan Holub
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セサミストリートを作り上げたジム・ヘンソンの伝記。

He was so energetic that others caught his energy. He enjoyed and respected creative people. He didn't try to squash ideas just because they weren't his. People often stayed to work with him for years or even decades.

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Don built a long roadway made of Slinky toys and hollow plastic balls for seven mice that were office pets.

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7匹のねずみのペットに!

Jim let his kids doodle colorful creatures on the walls of their house and always encouraged his children to be creative. The family wound up with lots of pets --- eight cats, six rabbits, two dogs, guinea pigs, and a ferret.

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wind up with 結果として~になる
楽しそうですね。

Inside, there was a fan to help him stay cool and a TV monitor so he could see himself. Caroll Spinney has performed as Big Bird for over forty years.

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中にカメラを入れて自分の動きを確認していたのですね。

Some friends thought Jim was very much like Kermit, easygoing and good at running things. Jim thought Kermit was sometimes bolder than he was. Jim thought he was more like Rowlf. Jim always operated Kermit himself. He sang Kermit's song "Bein' Green," which became popular. It's about how being green may seem unexciting but it's really wonderful. Jim wanted all children to know they were wonderful, too.

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bold [bould] 勇敢な、厚かましい

When he liked something, he might call it "lovely." If he didn't like something, he wouldn't say so. He'd say, "Interesting." Or "hmm." And he'd offer suggestions to help. He always spoke softly, and moved his hands a lot to describe something.

p59
"Interesting."って、ほんとにあんまり賛同できないときにも使うのですね。
面白いと思ったときにも使うらしいですけど。

She was pushy and knew what she wanted --- to be famous and to marry Kermit. And she went after both of her goals, batting her eyelashes and giving karate chops. Frank Oz performed Miss Piggy. He thought that part of the reason she became so popular might have been because of the women's rights movement.

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Miss Piggyって私はあまり馴染みがないのですが、
かなり昔からいたのですね。

Kermitと結婚したくて、有名になりたくて、
pushy 押しが強くて、まつげばしばし(色気)と
空手チョップ(腕力)を使うキャラクターが
女性権利拡張運動ゆえに人気者?!

The swamp log sat on top of a big, metal tank under a pool of water on a film set. Jim was inside the tank, with a small TV between his knees to watch Kermit. He stuck both hands up through rubber sleeves to work Kermit's head and banjo-strumming arm. S pump kept Jim supplied with air, and rescue divers were nearby in case of trouble. The Muppet Movie came out in 1979 and was a big hit!

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手作りですねー。見てみたいな。

His son Brian read aloud part of a letter Jim had written for his children. It said: "Please watch out for each other and love and forgive everybody. It's a good life, enjoy it."
His daughter Cheryl read other words of her father: "When I was young, my ambition was to be one of the people who makes a difference in this world. My hope still is to leave this world a little bit better than it was when I got here."
To this day, the Muppets are beloved around the world. So is Jim Henson.

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Who Was Galileo? (Who Was...?) / Patricia Brennan Demuth
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Who Was Galileo? (Who Was...?)Patricia Brennan Demuth John O'Brien

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イタリアの物理学者、天文学者、哲学者、
ガリレオ・ガリレイ(Galileo Galilei)の伝記。

Galileo was torn. He himself was a faithful Catholic who honored church teachings. Yet his own eyes pointed him to a different truth. This truth would put his life at stake.

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at stake 賭けられて、危うくなって、問題となって

Songwriters were supposed to follow strict rules for composing. But Vincenzio questioned the rules. He even added notes to the scale!

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scale 音階,ドレミファ.
Vincenzio 音楽家だったガリレオの父

He mocked the robes in a long, funny poem. University officials weren't laughing, though. They docked Galileo's pay!

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dock 減らす

Later Marina married another man, but that was after Galileo had moved away from Padua. All her life, she stayed strong friends with Galileo.

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3人の子供がいたとのこと

How then did Copernicus escape getting into the deep trouble that befell Galileo later on? By not allowing his idea to be published until 1543, when he lay on his deathbed! Copernicus wrote, "The scorn which I had to fear on account of the newness and absurdity of my opinion almost prove me to abandon a work already undertaken."

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absurdity 不条理、道理に反すること

He said (correctly) there were dark spots on the sun, called sunspots. And bodies in water either floated or sank because of density, not size. (Correct again.) But what kept upsetting people the most was his idea that Earth did not stand at the center of the universe.

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In 1613 he decided to place his two daughters in a convent. Virginia, age thirteen, and Livia, age twelve, would stay in the convent for the rest of their lives. Both girls became nuns when they turned sixteen.

p71
convent (女子の)修道会、(女子の)修道院男子の修道院は monastery

Yet a great many women of the time chose the convent. There they received an education as well as the respect of Catholics.
Like all nuns, Maria Celeste spent her days in prayer, hard work, sacrifice, and study. She never went outside the convent walls. Musical like her grandfather, she directed the choir and played the organ.

p75
“She never went outside the convent walls.”!!!
きびしいですね!

Who Was Louis Braille? (Who Was...?) / Margaret Frith
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Who Was Louis Braille? (Who Was...?)Margaret Frith Robert Squier

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天才で人格者だったアルファベット点字の開発者ルイ・ブライユLouis brailleの伝記。
主に盲学校での生活が描かれています。

中学校の英語の教科書にも取り上げられたりしている方ですね。

brailleは英語で点字の意味。
write in Braille 点字で書く.
発音[bréɪl]が難しいです。

それにしても、学校、というか組織は
素晴らしい指導者と、
絶大な権力を持つ最悪な指導者が
ほぼ交互に現れるのですかね。。。

Louis worked for three years on his reading and writing code. By the time he was fifteen, he had figured it out.

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15歳で点字を作り上げたのですね!

Today, almost two hundred years later, the whole world still uses this same system called braille. The blind have been forever grateful to Louis Braille, an unselfish, determined young man.
There is a marble plaque in honor of Louis Braille at the family home in Coupvray, France.
It says
IN THIS HOUSE
ON JANUARY 4 1809 WAS BORN
LOUSE BRAILLE
INVENTOR OF THE SYSTEM OF
WRITING IN RAISED DOTS FOR USE
BY THE BLIND.
HE OPENED THE DOORS OF
KNOWLEDGE TO ALL THOSE
WHO CANNOT SEE.

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Braille[bréɪl] フランス語読みではブライユだが、英語読みではブレイル

It was called the Royal Institute for Blind Youth. It all of France, it was the only school for bind children. It had been the first of its kind in the world.

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世界で初めてフランスに作られたのですね。

Every morning the boys went to classrooms to start their fifteen-hour day. They studied grammar, arithmetic, history, Greek, Latin, Spanish, algebra, and geography. Learning means relying on their memories. Louis soon became one of the best students in his class.

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15時間!これらの勉強を耳で!

This meant that Louis only had to hear a piece to be able to play it. He played not only the cello but also the piano and later the organ.
Louis joined the school orchestra and the chorus. He played and sang as much as he could. Music would be a part of Louis's life for as long as he lived.

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Louis kept talking over his ideas with his friends. It took three years before he had a "eureka" moment. He was fifteen. He thought that he should try using cells with only six dots.
Then only one finger would be needed to read the dots. And instead of cells for sounds, his cells would stand for the letters of the alphabet.

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By 1842 they had made the first writing machine for the blind. It was called a raphigraphe. Now the blind could write much faster, and it was easy to use. Although Foucault designed the machine itself, he gave credit to Louis for the idea: "My new machine is nothing but the continuation of his discovery."
Louis and Pierre were ahead of their time. It wasn't until 1867 that the first workable typewtiter was produced.

p84
タイプライターに先んじること25年!

raphigraphe ラフィグラフ