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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.
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.