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Mozart, the Wonder Boy Study Guide


Mozart, the Wonder Boy Study Guide

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Publisher: Zeezok Publishing

Author: Judy Wilcox

List Price: Paperback: $4.95

Ages: 9-11 Years

Reviewed By: Jean Hall

Mozart, the Wonder Boy Study Guide is a slim, 31-page book designed to be used along with the biography from the same publisher, Mozart, the Wonder Boy, written by Opal Wheeler and Sybil Deucher. (See related review.)

The book begins by placing the reader in Mozart's time and place (or maybe places would be a better word: a map of Europe marked with the major cities the composer visited). A list of musical genres is given, with approximate dates, and Mozart's time period highlighted. Next, you find a timeline highlighting important events in Mozart's life.

For each chapter of the accompanying biography, there are reading comprehension questions, character qualities, and "Tidbits of Interest." You know what reading comprehension questions are, I hope, so I'll just explain the latter two. The character qualities are keyed to pages in the chapter, along with examples that caused the author to infer the particular quality. For example, in the first chapters these qualities are pointed out: Mozart was family-oriented, an eager learner, displayed energetic enthusiasm, was sweet-tempered and creative, and revered his father. "Tidbits of Interest" provide background information, also keyed to page numbers, elaborating on the simplified information presented in the story, which is written to be suitable for young children.

Endnotes give a list of resources the author used in compiling this information, and a glossary of musical terms rounds out the book.

While our children greatly enjoyed reading Mozart, the Wonder Boy aloud together, I found the study guide gave depth to our reading, with its additional information. Because we narrate as we read, we didn't need the comprehension questions, but these could be a convenient resource for a teacher checking on a student's understanding of the text. What we really benefited from in our discussions were the way the author called our attention to Mozart's character qualities and the extra information we found in the "Tidbits of Interest" that expanded our understanding of Mozart's life. (I never realized before, for example, that it is now thought he died of kidney failure, a possible result of his having had smallpox some years earlier.)

We found this study guide a great addition to our composer study, and plan to look into biographies and study guides about other composers from this publisher.
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Available From: Zeezok Publishing
Address: PO Box 1960, Elyria OH 44036
Phone: 800.749.1681
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Jean Hall
Jean Hall, a Christian home educator with three daughters, enjoys writing stories and music. Her family's interests include reading together, art, gardening, volkswalking and pets: two cats and a Giant Schnauzer.
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