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Author: Peter Sis

Illustrator: Peter Sis

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Publisher: Greenwillow Books, HarperCollins Children's Books,

Material: hard cover

Summary: With simple language and presentation, we follow the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The story talks about his genius, as well as his piano playing. This is a biography for early readers and music lovers.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 5 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 7

Age of Child: Read with 4-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: We were able to get our child to sit through one reading, but no more. S/He thought some of the ways Mozart played piano were funny.

Adult Reader Reaction: The book is in one sense simplistic, but also rather direct in explaining what a task master and promoter Mozart's father was. Without actual glimpses of the music, he almost takes over the story (at least for a parent).

Pros: The book is an early-reader biography, allowing parents and teachers to introduce this genre with nice writing and creative illustrations.

Cons: None, really, though a CD with some music might be nice.

Borrow or Buy: Definitely borrow. This will be a nice book for a first or second grader to read for themselves.

If You Liked This Book, Try: MOSCOW BALLET'S TALES OF CLASSICAL BALLET   FREDERICK   NINE FAMOUS ARTISTS YOUR CHILDREN WILL LOVE; An Art Discovery Primer and Handbook for Parents and Their Children

Educational Themes: Adult readers can go WAY beyond the text to introduce Mozart's music, and talk about perseverance and being a professional. Adult readers may also get a gut check about how "classical" being an overbearing parent is.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, music, biography

Date(s) Reviewed: April 2006

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