Star: The Bird Who Inspired Mozart
by Mireille Messier
illustrated by Matte Stephens
* Reading Age: 4-8 years
* Grade Level: PS-3
* Hardcover: 36 pages
* Publisher: Tundra Books Publication
* Pub. Date: Oct. 11, 2022
* ISBN-10: 0735266891
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This delightful picture book biography is about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, an outstanding world-renown musician, and is based on a true story. He encounters a plain, unpretentious starling who exhibits knowledge of his music and acquires the little bird for his pet.
" The story goes that over two hundred years ago, while passing by a pet shop in Vienna, Austria, Mozart heard a starling whistling the tune from his newest and unreleased piano concerto. Enchanted, the composer bought the bird and brought it home where it quickly became a cherished family pet."
For three years they are inseparable. Their relationship is unprecedented. When his beloved companion dies Mozart holds a funeral in his honour. I am sure he was sorely missed by the musical genius. It's truly magical how a humble starling could inspire one of the greatest virtuosos of all time... but he did just that!
The illustrations are whimsical and playful and the colour pallet is visually engaging. I would recommend this book to be in classrooms and elementary school libraries. I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it be added to your child's library.
Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!
Meet the Author
MIREILLE MESSIER is a Montreal-born, Ottawa-raised and now Toronto-based author, freelance writer and voice-over artist. She has published over twenty children’s books, including The Branch, which was nominated for a Governor General’s Award, and Sergeant Billy, winner of the Rocky Mountain Book Award, the Shining Willow Award and the Christopher Book Award. She has written for youth magazines and has collaborated in the production of many family programs and interactive apps for CBC, TVO/TFO and Teletoon. Mireille enjoys music, reading graphic novels and, of course, birds!
About the Illustrator
MATTE STEPHENS is a painter, illustrator and object maker. His work has been shown in galleries from New York to Seattle, and he has illustrated several children’s books including Mr. Flux by Kyo Maclear and Tigers and Tea with Toppy by Barbara Kerley and Rhoda Knight Kalt. Matte lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire, with his wife Vivienne and their pets Polly, Irving, Henry and Mr. Charlie.
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