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Young Mozart (Picture Puffins) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-11-30 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 3 user ratings
ISBN:0140564780
LANGUAGE:English

" This book is a unique look at the life of a young Mozart and actually follows him to his death at the young age of 35. His story is inspiring and this book bring it down to an elementary level. " said.

" This is a great book! My youngest plays the piano so I thought it would be a neat way to introduce her to Mozart since she has heard his music. It's a great way to acquaint children to Mozart as the illustrations are wonderful and she gives just the right amount of information and makes it interesting (not that it is difficult to make Mozart interesting). " said.

"Young Mozart
Grades 3-5
Non-Fiction Biography

The author and illustrator, Rachel Isadora, uses soft water colors in the illustrations and minimal to moderate amounts of text enclosed in tidy boxes to tell the biography of the young prodigy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The illustrations and clean organization of the text provide a story that is rich in details, as well as elegant and delicate in format. The story starts with little three-year-old Wolfgang trying to play a piece his older sister just finished. “When a note sounded right, Wolfgang laughed. But when a note sounded wrong, he burst out crying.” By the time Wolfgang was five, he had taught himself to play the violin, by the time he was seven he could compose music while he played it without having to write it down first, and by the time he was twenty-one he had completed almost three hundred works. The author chronicles Mozart’s life starting from his childhood through the major works he composed until his untimely death. Students will enjoy this book because the author uses large formatted illustrations and minimal text to tell Mozart’s biography in a way that will be interesting and easy for younger readers to understand.


Language Arts/Music/Drama/Social Studies
Grades 3-5

Students can write a story about what inspired Mozart’s music or research other musicians who were inspired by Mozart. For music, students can study one of the classical pieces and one opera Mozart composed, and compare and contrast these different genres of music. For drama, students can study one of the operas Mozart composed, such as The Marriage of Figaro, which is mentioned in the book. A class of 20 can be divided into 4 groups to perform one of the four acts from The Marriage of Figaro. The Marriage of Figaro is one of Mozart’s most famous pieces, and satirizes the aristocracy and exposes the poverty of the peasant class. For social studies students can learn more about the class structure in Europe during the eighteenth century and how this inspired political controversy as well as musicians, artists and writers.
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" A simple rendering of Mozart's life with a focus on his childhood so that young children can relate and appreciate his story.Ages: 4 - 8**Like my reviews? I also have hundreds of detailed reports that I offer too. These reports give a complete break-down of everything in the book, so you'll know just how clean it is or isn't. I also have Clean Guides (downloadable PDFs) which enable you to clean up your book before reading it! Visit my website: The Book Radar. " said.

" Beautifully illustrated children's biography of Joannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Amadeus Mozart [1756 - 1791]. Although the title implies that it is only about Mozart's early years, it does continue through his death. Written simply so it is suitable to read to young children. You may wish to skip over the parts about the music prodigy's last illness and death for very young listeners. " said.

" This book is a unique look at the life of a young Mozart and actually follows him to his death at the young age of 35. His story is inspiring and this book bring it down to an elementary level. " said.

" This is a great book! My youngest plays the piano so I thought it would be a neat way to introduce her to Mozart since she has heard his music. It's a great way to acquaint children to Mozart as the illustrations are wonderful and she gives just the right amount of information and makes it interesting (not that it is difficult to make Mozart interesting). " said.

" A simple rendering of Mozart's life with a focus on his childhood so that young children can relate and appreciate his story.Ages: 4 - 8**Like my reviews? I also have hundreds of detailed reports that I offer too. These reports give a complete break-down of everything in the book, so you'll know just how clean it is or isn't. I also have Clean Guides (downloadable PDFs) which enable you to clean up your book before reading it! Visit my website: The Book Radar. " said.

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