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Play, Mozart, Play!    by Peter Sis order for
Play, Mozart, Play!
by Peter Sis
Order:  USA  Can
HarperCollins, 2006 (2006)

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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Peter Sis applies his impressive artistic talents to unveil the world of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, telling us that he was a child genius, whose 'father turned him into a child sensation!'

A two page map with windows into the great cities of Europe shows the places where Mozart performed, from London to Rome. Sis illustrates a series of fans to emphasize that he 'played for kings and princes and dukes / and queens and one empress and one pope.' We're told 'He played blindfolded. / He played with covered keys. / He played backward. / He played standing on the furniture. / But Mozart did not play with the other children.' He was too busy practicing.

Sis ends the picture book, saying that Mozart 'gave us beautiful music. / The whole world is listening still. Bravo!' Yet Play, Mozart, Play! can be read on different levels - as a remarkable success story, but also as the poignant account of a child pushed too hard and too early for excellence by his elders. A one page biography of the great composer ends this lovely picture book tribute.

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