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A Little Schubert (Book & Record) Hardcover – 1972


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Harper & Row; Book & Record edition (1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060220260
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060220266
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 7.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,770,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robin Friedman HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 14, 2010
Format: Paperback
M.B. Goffstein's lovely children's book "A Little Schubert" brings back memories. I thought of the book because I have been listening to CDs of Schubert's music of late and playing his works on the piano.

I bought and read this book repeatedly to my daughter in the 1980s. When my daughter married and had a baby daughter of her own, I gave the book to her in the hope that my daughter would remember it and that my granddaughter would hear the book or read it for herself and with time develop a love for Schubert.

The book is very short, about 40 pages, and consists of a simple story of the basic outlines of Schubert's life. Poor, overweight, clumsy, and dressed in a shabby coat, Schubert lives in an apartment in Vienna where he sings and dances in an effort to keep warm. Little Schubert heard beautiful melodies where the rest of us mere mortals could hear nothing, according to the text. He wrote music which will live forever.

The joy of this book lies less in the text and more in Goffstein's spare and simple black and white illustrations of little Schubert struggling with his bohemian life in Vienna. Goffstein's illustrations to her many children's books have received high praise. According to "Time" magazine, "Goffstein is a minimalist, but her text and pictures carry the same emotional freight as William Blake's admonishment to see the work in a grain of sand and eternity in an hour." And the New York Times Book Review observed that "a book by M.B. Goffstein is a beautifully simple and simply beautiful thing." These observations are amply supported by "A Little Schubert."

The book was first published in the early 1970's and then reissued in a slightly reduced format in 1984.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Meharg on March 31, 2010
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This very sweet little book is worth the investment of time and money. The simplicity of the illustrations and the addition of six musical pieces at the end of the book make for a delightful contrast. As we mark the 200th anniversary of Schubert's birth this book is a perfect way for young and old to celebrate genius.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 18, 2009
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My four year old loved this book. It is simple and true. It was the inspiration for my child to run about the house pretending to be Schubert with his shabby coat tails flying.
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