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Gr 4-6- This worthy effort provides a detailed, fictionalized account of events from the composer's life and pairs them with his compositions. The text flows nicely, but the long columns of closely spaced type are decidedly imposing for the age group most likely attracted to a slim picture book. In contrast, the detailed color illustrations are an eye-catching partner to the 50-minute, well-edited CD, which contains excerpts from European performances of popular Beethoven selections (intended for playing as the book is read). A nicely detailed chronology and a discography for the CD are included. This is not a first choice for students seeking a report resource, and it is an additional purchase for most collections.-Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TXCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.