Verdi for Kids: His Life and Music with 21 Activities (For Kids series) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-02-22 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 3 user ratings

"One of a series of informative biographies for kids age 9 and up. The text is more than just a simple biography of Verdi, it also teaches of the time period and world at the time Verdi lived. Especially significant to this biography series are the activities throughout that help the reader gain a greater appreciation for Verdi, music and world history. One drawback is the size of the book is a little awkward to hold when in paperback format. So preferably read this and others in the series in hardback or digitally. " said.

If you're a music teacher, a student or Opera buff, you'll appreciate this great music resource immensely. The biographical information is well-written and truly the book is a labor of love. Many of us know that Verdi wrote opera, choral and chamber compositions, plus songs that tell a story. We've listened to his famous works of Requiem, La Traviata, Aida and Otello. But who was Giuseppe Verdi that 200,000 people came to his service? I had to know.

The study of great music and the life of Verdi will not disappoint. Learn of Verdi's personal loss and grief that motivates and compels him to write more successful works. As you discover Verdi's constant desire to monitor the political scene, the reader comes to know the composer's love to unite his country Italy, and the charities he created from his concern for others less fortunate.

As a piano teacher and grandmother of 5, I especially like that the book is for ages 9 and up. 21 activities are provided all through the book, like making homemade pasta, playing bocce ball, creating pizza party invitations, costume designing and planting a tomato sauce garden. Not only is this a fun book for singing like a Diva but learning about Leitmotif and the kiss motif, too. It's a wonderful and valuable music resource with beautiful illustrations, offering a timeline, glossary and list of additional resources with end notes.

Bravo! Highly recommend.
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" Packed with information, this would make an excellent resource for a music or history classroom. The title suggests to me that there is more information about individual works than is provided. But there is plenty of information about Verdi’s life, about the history of the area, and about music in general. " said.

"Verdi for Kids is laid out in a somewhat similar format as Beethoven for Kids. However, the Time Line comes before the Introduction in this book, instead of vice versa like Beethoven for Kids. The introduction focuses on Italian Opera, as opposed to Verdi. Verdi's life was filled with disappointment early on by having his application denied at a conservatory in Milan. However, it was tragedy that had a more profound effect on his life. He was married to a woman named Margherita, and they had two children. Both children died in infancy while he was working on his first opera, and she died shortly thereafter from encephalitis. A lot of the extra boxes tell us about different musical pieces, like what a cantata is or what a Bel canto is. One tells us about agriculture in Italy during Verdi's time, and another highlights the Franco-Prussian War. Activities for your children range from solving a word search to planting a "tomato sauce" garden. Having never been a huge opera fan, I find myself appreciating this style of music more. I have decided to give it another try, at least Verdi's operas. I can't wait to check out other books in the "For Kids" series." said.

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