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The Mozart Question Paperback – November 5, 2015
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The narrator is warned by her editor to be sensitive to the legendarily reclusive and eccentric Levi and, above all, not to ask him "the Mozart question." Fortunately for her, she doesn't even know what the Mozart question is. Instead, as she arrives in Venice and sits down with the shabbily elegant Levi in his apartment, she asks the first question that pops into her mind: "What made you pick up a violin and play that first time?"
As it turns out, this is the only question the young reporter needs to ask. This question --- which gets at the heart of Levi's entire history, which embodies his whole approach to making music --- sends Levi off into an intensely personal recollection of his childhood, his family history, and the violin that inspired him to make music in the first place. The result is a story both historically significant and deeply personal, one that readers won't soon forget.
Without giving too much away, young Paolo, at the age of nine, learned as much about the bravery and sacrifices of his parents and others like them as he did about playing the violin in those early years. Morpurgo's story underscores not only the potential of music for bringing people together, strengthening them, and inspiring redemption and miracles, but also the deeply emotional aspect of music, which can bring families together or wrench people apart.
THE MOZART QUESTION is lovingly, thoughtfully illustrated with Michael Foreman's blue-tinged watercolors, which skillfully depict not only the story's dark, tragic heart, but also its redemptive message, conveyed in part through the sunbathed skylines of Venice on the book's endpapers.
Morpurgo's tale is straightforwardly told, almost fable-like in its simplicity and emotional impact. Its simple language and elegant structure would make THE MOZART QUESTION an excellent book for parents and teachers to read with children, opening the door to more questions about family history, historic atrocities, and the miraculous powers of music to resist and overcome even the most shocking evils.
--- Reviewed by Norah Piehl
The story of this young adult novella is beautifully told and is woven together like a tapestry. Emotional readers should be forewarned because the story could bring a tear to one's eye. The story is given even more emotional-depth with the water-color illustrations of Michael Foreman. I really enjoyed reading this book. Though it is an inspiring tale, it isn't very difficult to read; I finished the book in less than thirty minutes. Highly recommended as a book for parents to read with their children or for teachers to use for an elementary history lesson.
This is a powerful story about the horrors of the Holocaust, and the struggles faced by those who survived. The author doesn't shy away from the brutal reality of the concetration camps, so that while this is a children's book, parental guidance is strongly suggests to ensure that young readers are prepared for this material. These same young readers are likely to come away from this book with lots of questions, so parents also need to be prepared to discuss this topic, as well.
While this book deals with the weighty issues of the Holocaust, it also is a story of survival and of sharing the truth. In the end, these positive messages carry the story, and help to keep it from being overwhelmingly depressing.
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It's a great read too - added bonus which is why I ordered it!!