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Monsieur Marceau: Actor Without Words

by Leda Schubert

Other authors: Gérard Dubois (Illustrator)

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Monsier Marceau: Actor Without Words by Leda Shubert and illustrated by Gerard DuBois, won the 2013 Orbis Pictus Award. In addition to the Orbis Pictus Award, it is a Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Book of 2012 and the Winner of the Norman A. Sugarman Award for outstanding children’s biography. It is a biography picture book that is 40 pages and is recommended for children ages 4-8 years old. Shubert tells the complex story of Marcel Marceau in an eloquently simple and age appropriate way, while DuBois’ paintings bring the text alive. Marcel Marceau was 16 when WWII broke out and changed his last name to hide his Jewish identity. The book explains some of the events happening in France during WWII and how Marceau joined the French underground and saved the lives of hundreds of Jewish French children. Marceau is known as the world's most famous mine, expressing volumes to his audiences without saying a word. This book offers an inside look at the man who captivated audiences and insight into the internal motivation for his choice of silence on stage and form of artistic expression.
  jmjobes | Jul 1, 2016 |
The life of a famous mime and how to use wordless expression to tell a story. Very inspirational and may work well in thinking and showing what it would be like to have an impairment in your senses. ( )
  Malynda2 | Mar 13, 2016 |
Monsieur Marceau grew up on the border between France and Germany and dreamed of becoming a star like Charlie Chaplin. Then WWII started and he was forced to flee as child and his father died in a concentration camp. He spent his time helping children escape to Switzerland and contributing to the French underground movement. After the war was over, he studied mime. He became very famous and traveled all over the world. The conclusion simply stated that he was well-loved around the world and loved his audiences in return. I think this style leaves the conclusion to be drawn by the reader, which I appreciate. ( )
  murandapatanda | Mar 8, 2016 |
Fun pictures, and a good summary of Marceau's life. He was part of the French Resistance, which surprised me, and his father died in a concentration camp. He changed his last name so it wouldn't give him away as a Jew during the Holocaust.

"My name is Mangel. I am Jewish. Perhaps that, unconsciously, contributed towards my choice of silence." ( )
  mirikayla | Feb 8, 2016 |
I can see this being presented in a young dramatic arts class followed by everyone doing the suggested miming activities in the back of the book. A solid, simple introduction for children to a famous artist although references to Nazis, concentation camps and Jews during WW2 will require some backstory. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
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A visual profile of the iconic mime combines lyrical text with artwork to offer insight into the man behind his famous "Bip the Clown" character and the artistry that enabled him to communicate wordlessly and vibrantly.

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