Children's Literature - Judy ChernakOne of the most beloved of pianist/composers, Polish-born Chopin gave his first concert at the age of eight and earned a diamond ring from the czar of Russia for a performance at fifteen. His tragically short life (1810-1849) is outlined in this biography, illustrated with photographs of important pieces of his life, including the piano on which he did his early compositions and the island of Majorca, where he lived with writer George Sand for part of their nine years together. No matter where he lived, though, he wove his love for Poland into much of his music: impassioned mazurkas, waltzes and other works with folk dances as their themes. What a pity that no book can portray the true genius of his music! A partial list of some famous compositions would have been a worthy addition to the factual notes at the book's end and may have encouraged young readers to ask for earphones to hear some samples. "Tell Me About" series. 1998, Carolrhoda , (orig.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalK-Gr 3-These brief, chapterless titles introduce the youngest readers to two important artists. Each man suffered terrible hardships throughout his short life, which is well illustrated in both books. Chopin was sick with tuberculosis and had a failed relationship with the French writer George Sand. Van Gogh's mental illness and suicide are discussed. The clear and concise texts are interspersed liberally with photographs and reproductions. Examples of van Gogh's paintings and Chopin's piano music are included. Much of the illustrative material is filler, however, and most of the information can be found elsewhere. An "Important Dates" and a fairly useless "Key Words" list are appended to each title. While titles on van Gogh abound, precious little introduces Chopin to younger students, and this book could serve that purpose.-Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI
Kirkus ReviewsFrédérick Chopin (24 pp.; Nov. 3; 1-5705-248-2): This short entry in the Tell Me About series, illustrated with full-color and black-and-white photographs and reproductions, covers the life of composer Frédéric Chopin, who began creating music at the age of eight. Dineen artfully recounts how Chopin's music lives on in many works based on Polish dances. The volume is accessible even to first-time researchers. (chronology, glossary, index) (Biography. 5-8)
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