BOOKS to BRIEFS
help! the Beatles
Edgers, G. (2006). Who Were the Beatles?
New York: Grosset & Dunlap.
[99 pages. $4.99 paperback. ISBN: 04-48439069. Illustrated by Jeremy Tugeay.]
by Patrick N. Foster
The author is frank about the difficulties In this activity, your group will create a
summary encountered by the band and its members. three-dimensional model of an improved
He chronicles John Lennon’s early years, layout for the Beatles’ Shea Stadium
Among book genres, “biography”
including the breakup of his parents concert.
usually means “the life story of a
when he was five. Later, he explains how
particular person.” Who Were the
personal shortcomings led to the demise design brief
Beatles? is a biography, but not of
of the Beatles. People and events from the
an individual. It’s the story of the
1960s are also woven into the narrative. Suggested Grade Level: 5-6
“life” of the world’s most famous rock
band, written for middle- and upper-
But Who Were the Beatles? captures Shea Stadium’s Board of Supervisors is
the good times: the pride of the band accepting proposals for the seating and
members in their early accomplishments, stage layout for the concert. Specifically,
Who Were the Beatles? contains
their amazing ascendance to fame, and they want to make sure that: the fans and
traditional biographical elements; the
the incredible adulation of their fans. the band are safe; the fans can be close to
first quarter of the book is comprised
Particularly poignant are the scenes of their the band; the band can enter and leave the
of biographies of John, Paul, George,
first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show stadium easily; and the fans and the band
and Ringo. Most of the remainder
and their now-famous 1965 concert at Shea can hear the music clearly.
of the book takes place between
Stadium in New York.
the band’s formation in 1957 and its
Since the Board is very busy, you’ll need to
breakup in 1970. The last few chapters
student introduction present a physical model of the layout as
focus on the band members’ lives and
well as a brief list of the advantages of your
careers since then.
When the Beatles toured North America in design.
August 1965, they were definitely “thinking
big.” These rock shows set new records for teacher hints
the number of fans in attendance and the
amount of money earned by the band. 1. Reused cardboard will probably be