illustrated by Salla Savolainen
Young master Janne has a very powerful imagination. He lives with his mother, aunts and grandma in Hämeenlinna.
The story tells about Jean Sibelius's early years in Hämeenlinna, which at the time was one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Finland.
Janne tells about his childhood, which resembles Astrid Lindgren's Emil i Lönneberga. Among other things, he tells his aunts piano student not to come to lessons so often that they obeyed. Janne had an absolute pitch and the practising kids really hurt him.
|The Russian soldiers at Hämeenlinna.|
Janne and his friends live for music. The book ends, when on his grandmothers orders, Janne moves to Helsinki to study law.
The illustrations are very lifelike. The sadness of Janne's death is portrayed with a black swan the magnitude of Janne's imagination by a giant cat fish.
|All important places of Jean Sibelius in Hämeelinna.|
The book even tells where the name Jean came from. Very informative, I learned a lot about the 1860s in Hämeenlinna, different instruments and Jean Sibelius. I guess to Finnish children Jean Sibelius is a serious person, but this book makes him more approachable. More books like this, please.