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Mozart: The Wonder Child: A Puppet Play in…

Mozart: The Wonder Child: A Puppet Play in Three Acts

by Diane Stanley

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Another great lead! A creative take on a non-fiction story, and one that might be fun to modify into reader's theater.
  ekbrumley | Apr 30, 2014 |
"Mozart: The Wonder Child" is a concise, illustrated biography of Mozart, punctuated with historical information and entertaining anecdotes. ( )
  JeffCarver | Jan 14, 2014 |
Diane Stanley, whose many picture-book biographies include Good Queen Bess: The Story of Elizabeth I of England and Saladin: Noble Prince of Islam, here turns her attention to one of the most famous composers of all time, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Framed as a three-act puppet play, Mozart: The Wonder Child opens when its subject, Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgang Gottlieb Mozart, is three years old, and just discovering the world of music, and follows him through his youth as a "Wunderkind," or child prodigy, touring Europe with his family, to the time when he strikes out on his own, and starts his own family.

This is an informative book, which will give young readers an excellent introduction to Mozart's life and work. It doesn't completely gloss over the unpleasant aspects of the story, like Mozart's estrangement from his father and sister, Nannerl, or his early death, which I appreciated. The artwork, done in egg tempera on gessoed wooden panels, is simply gorgeous, although I think I agree with another reviewer, in finding the puppeteering aspect more of a distraction than anything else. This is a very text-heavy picture-book, so I'd recommend it to more advanced early readers (if that makes sense), particularly if they are interested in music, or enjoy biography. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Apr 12, 2013 |
A children's book on the biography of Mozart and his life beginning as a child. This is a great tool when teaching a music lesson or learning about the history of Mozart. ( )
  hwallen | Apr 8, 2010 |
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"Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgang Gottlieb Mozart was only three years old--not much bigger than his name--on the day his life changed forever."
So begins this vivid biography about one of the most legendary prodigies in history. Award-winning author and illustrator Diane Stanley engagingly tells the story of a brilliant boy who grew up to be a complex and often troubled young man--a man who composed some of the most beautiful music of all time.
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With stunning and expressive illustrations, Diane Stanley portrays Mozart's turbulent life as a marionette show, inspired by the famous Salzburg Marionette Theatre, using an innovative artistic approach to present the life of a renowned musical genius. In concise and lyrical prose, Stanley presents an honest and sympathetic portrait of the boyhood and tragically short adulthood of a composer whose music has lived on for more than two hundred years.… (more)

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