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Play, Mozart, play! / Peter Sís.

Sís, Peter, 1949- (Author).
Book Book (c2006.)
Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill., col. map ; 27 cm.
Publisher: New York : Greenwillow Books, c2006.
11 of 11 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries).
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  • ISBN: 0061121819 (trade bdg.)
  • ISBN: 0061121827 (lib. bdg.)
  • Edition: 1st ed.
Summary: Introduces very young children to the child prodigy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, in a tribute to the beauty of listening, looking, imagining, and, above all, playing.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2006 March #2
    K-Gr. 3. Sis follows Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei (1996) and The Tree of Life: Charles Darwin (2003) with another picture-book biography, aiming this time for a slightly younger audience. The simple, brief words focus on Mozart's childhood. Inset scenes, some cleverly tucked into the folds of handheld fans, show the prodigy performing for Europe's great courts. Young children may not have the context to understand some spreads, particularly the clever illustrations for musical terminology. An appended glossary of those terms would have helped (an accompanying CD would have been even better). What children will connect with most are scenes of Mozart's father (pictured as an authoritarian black silhouette) juxtaposed with full spreads of Mozart's glorious musical daydreams of dancing instruments and animals, which may remind children of their own playful, imagined worlds. A final one-page biography adds more background. Along with Loriot's retelling of Peter and the Wolf (1986), this is an excellent title to introduce classical music and the stories it can tell. ((Reviewed March 15, 2006)) Copyright 2006 Booklist Reviews.
  • Publishers Weekly Reviews : PW Reviews 2006 March #3

    Sís's (Starry Messenger ) whimsical imagination is in full play here as he presents an intriguing if somewhat unsettling portrait of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's unconventional childhood. After learning that "His father turned him into a child sensation!" readers repeatedly view the man's hovering specter, represented by an often oversize, dark silhouette sternly wagging a finger at his young son as he commands him to "Practice, Mozart, practice!" The pressure placed on this young prodigy will not be lost on kids: rather than play with children, Mozart "played day and night. He played in his imagination. He played in his dreams. He played for his entire life." The text is minimal, taking a back seat to Sís's inventive, lively and eclectic black line and watercolor art. He incorporates a wild array of perspective, color, texture and imagery. In one striking, surreal spread, in which the youngster relentlessly practices the piano (while his father lurks, sentinel-like, at the door), objects from the room waft from the score he is playing, transformed into dreamlike images: a flute sprouts wings, a wax-covered candelabra acquires facial features, a cup and saucer spring to life. And, hauntingly, readers view a man's head submerged in water, only the eyes visible--perhaps a clue to the boy's sentiments about his demanding parent? A concluding biographical sketch offers some astounding particulars underscoring Mozart's genius: he learned his first musical piece in only 30 minutes just three days before he turned five, wrote his first composition that same year and played at European courts at the age of six. A virtuoso performance from a true maestro of his craft. Ages 3-up. (May)

    [Page 54]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
  • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2006 May

    PreS-Gr 2 -Recognizing his son's talent at a very young age, Mozart's stern father resolutely "turned him into a child sensation!" The facts of the musician's childhood are familiar to many, but what sets this biographical picture book apart is its skill in introducing a world master to children in a way that is emotionally resonant, easily understood, and remarkably indelible. Sís unerringly chooses details that will have the most relevance for his audience and then selects the cleverest means of illustrating them. The cover depicts the child Mozart playing the piano by turning handsprings on the keys, simultaneously playing and playing. His father, who dominated his life, is represented in dark silhouette, his authoritarian finger raised, looming over a tiny boy whose feet do not even touch the floor as he plays. Mozart's triumphant childhood concert tours through Europe are presented in trademark Sís fashion, each city painted in miniature within a bubble superimposed on a map; the royalty before whom he played are depicted in small decorative fans. On most spreads, Mozart's shock of red hair and bright red vest give the diminutive prodigy the most visual weight and render him conspicuous. Illustrations give a hint of a unique boy who, despite a childhood of narrow restrictions, was released by the freedom he found in his music and his imagination. The clear, brief, readable text is augmented by a biographical afterword.-Kate McClelland, Perrot Memorial Library, Old Greenwich, CT

    [Page 117]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Citation:

Sís, Peter. "Play, Mozart, play!." New York : Greenwillow Books, 2006.

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