Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Ana's Picture Book of the Week

Mozart, the Wonder Child, A Puppet Show in Three Acts by Diane Stanley, 2009 Harper Collins.

No need to introduce young Mozart or kids biographer extraordinaire Diane Stanley, but this brand new biography has a new twist: she wrote the whole book as a marionette play! The pictures look as if his whole life is a show, with characters suspended on strings. Expect the usual detail-rich, high level writing that comes with her wonderful biographies.

Another innovative aspect is the medium she chose for the paintings for this book: the 500-year old method of egg-tempera. On the interior of the back jacket she explains about this medium and directs readers to the Society of Tempera Painters at For this art teacher, this definitely sparks my curiosity... potential projects abound in my head!

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