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Little Stevie Wonder Hardcover – April 4, 2005

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Gr. 2-4. Singing sensation Wonder gets an upbeat treatment in this stylish picture book. Troupe uses one of Wonder's signature songs--"Isn't She Lovely"--as a link to his own free verse: "Isn't he lovely, / this small blind boy, thinking of his fingertips? / Snapping those fingers before unseeing eyes." Mostly, the text works well, capturing the intensity of Wonder's music and the excitement of its evocative words: "His hands caress his harmonica, / his fingertips and breath pulling sweet music--like magic--from that old blues instrument of wood and polished steel." But some repeated lines are hyperbolic (Stevie was "born to love everyone"), and the insertion of straight biographical information is awkward. The acrylic artwork, however, is as dynamic as Wonder's music. Bold, pure colors and big, yet simple shapes pop from the pages as the pictures track Wonder from boy "genius" to mustachioed adult with beaded cornrows. Wonder's trademark sunglasses sometimes emit rainbows, an effective way of putting his disability in the larger context of his life. An author's note tells more about Wonder's life, and a CD, not available with the galley, offers two songs. Ilene Cooper
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"The acrylic paintings perfectly match the joyful nature of the narrative. The human figures are expressive and fluidly drawn, and the backdrops have a psychedelic quality that evokes the time period. Text ripples in waves across a riot of bright shades, accented by font color and size changes." School Library Journal, Starred

"Stevie's accomplishments and positive energy come through in the catchy text and electric-hued artwork." Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (April 4, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618340602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618340606
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #824,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD HALL OF FAME on September 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Stevie Wonder is One of my All time Favorite Artists ever and I have followed his career for a real long,long time. this Book is a very Good start to learning about how Stevie Wonder overcame obstacles and began his journey as a Musical Genius and His Impact and his Talents.having mental Vision can take you so far and Stevie Wonder has always had that gift.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Sack VINE VOICE on October 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a picture book biography of sorts of Stevland Judkins Morris Hardaway, otherwise known as Stevie Wonder. The book tells us all about Stevie and his life. We learn that he goes blind and very gifted in music. He plays lots of instruments well and learns to sing. Stevie lets nothing stop him and grows to be a great singer and song writer!

The book has lively illustrations , good vocabulary , and an overall

energetic attitude.

This book will appeal to young music lovers. The book come with a CD including 2 of Stevie Wonders songs.
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By Redhead5817 on January 3, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Some biographies are delightful and great stories...this one is WONDER-ful and a song! But not only that, it comes with a CD and after you finish reading the book and having Stevie Wonder's life story 'sing' in your heart, you can then put on the CD and really hear HIM sing. What a great addition to our school's library! And the proof of its 5 star rating, seeing the kids dancing to his music as they checked out their books!
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