Wonder Kids: The Remarkable Lives of Nine Child Prodigies

Wonder Kids: The Remarkable Lives of Nine Child Prodigies

by Charis Cotter
     
 

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Profiles of nine child prodigies describe how their abilities were discovered and developed - includes a slave poet from colonial Boston, performers Buster Keaton and Stevie Wonder, and recent prodigies from China (visual art) and Australia (mathematics).
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Profiles of nine child prodigies describe how their abilities were discovered and developed - includes a slave poet from colonial Boston, performers Buster Keaton and Stevie Wonder, and recent prodigies from China (visual art) and Australia (mathematics).

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Readers ... will probably find themselves delving into other chapters of this well-designed and quite readable volume.
— Carolyn Phelan
School Library Journal

Gr 5-8- This collection of brief biographies introduces nine young people with amazing abilities, spanning the globe and the centuries from the mid-1700s to recent times. Readers learn about poet Phillis Wheatley; painter Wang Yani; musicians Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, and Stevie Wonder; mathematicians Maria Agnesi and Terence Tao; vaudeville star Buster Keaton; and card-trick expert Dai Vernon, who once fooled the great Houdini. Most chapters, which range in length from a few pages to nearly 20, are introduced by a fictional vignette about the subject's early years. Cotter doesn't hesitate to highlight the difficult parts of a prodigy's life, such as the tedious hours of practice or frustrations with overbearing parents, but she also shows readers that gifted individuals are not that different from themselves. Pages are broken up with photographs, drawings, sidebars with background information, and quotes from the subjects. Each chapter ends with a list of books, music, or videos that can provide more information. Unfortunately, the citations are incomplete (no publishers or dates), and the author's sources include Wikipedia and many children's books.-Jackie Partch, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR

Canadian Teacher
Some people seem to arrive on this planet with amazing talents that are apparent at a very early age. Wonder Kids looks at nine of these extraordinary children and what they accomplished. Poet, musician, artist, composer, magician, mathematician, linguist, polyglot, performer--each of these children, whose lifetimes span the years from 1753 to the present, excelled in a different discipline, making history with their abilities. Photographs, sidebars and illustrations make this an appealing book for the target audience, and suggestions for ways to "Spend More Time" with each of the profiled people are included to encourage further research. Children with an interest in a particular area of expertise or who like to read about real people will enjoy Wonder Kids. Another book about extraordinary young people, also by Charis Cotter and published by Annick is Kids Who Rule: The Remarkable Lives of Five Child Monarchs.
Booklist - Carolyn Phelan
Readers who pick up the book to read about a famous prodigy will probably find themselves delving into other chapters of this well-designed and quite readable volume.

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ISBN-13:
9781554511341
Publisher:
Annick Press, Limited
Publication date:
02/15/2008
Pages:
136
Sales rank:
1,253,022
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

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