The Greatest Song of All : How Isaac Stern United the World to Save Carnegie Hall


Author: Megan Hoyt


Illustrator: Katie Hickey

From the author of Bartali’s Bicycle comes a spellbinding nonfiction picture book that dives into the inspiring story of Isaac Stern, the violin virtuoso who saved Carnegie Hall from being demolished.

When Carnegie Hall first opened its doors in 1891, no one could have predicted its incredible success. With talented artists like Duke Ellington and Albert Einstein gracing its stage, the Hall quickly became a place where all people—no matter their skin color, religion, or social status—could come together under one roof to be entertained.

The son of Jewish immigrants who fled war-torn Ukraine for America to escape the Holocaust, Isaac Stern was a talented violinist whose dream of one day performing on Carnegie Hall's legendary stage came true, many times over. So when real estate tycoon Robert Moses set a plan in motion to demolish Carnegie Hall, Isaac knew something had to be done to preserve decades of hopes, dreams, and inclusivity.

Author Megan Hoyt and illustrator Katie Hickey tell the true story of one man’s fight to save a historical landmark whose timeless symbol of equality will forever stand the test of time.