Saturday, September 19, 2015

Before There Was Mozart: The Story of Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-George

Before There Was Mozart: The Story of Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-George by Lesa Cline-Ransome and Illustrated by James E. Ransome

JOSEPH BOULOGNE, LOVED MUSIC: the singing of birds, the beat of drums, the peal of church bells -- and most of all, the the soaring notes of his violin. But as the son of a white plantation owner and a black slave, newly arrived in France from the West Indies, what chance did Joseph have for success with his music? Here is the true story of an extraordinary boy who overcame the prejudices of his peers to become one of the finest classical musicians in all of Europe.


This lovely true story of Joseph Boulogne will bring a smile to your face! This incredible story tells the story of the finest classical musician in 18th century France through dynamically wonderful words and pictures! 

 We are taken on a wonderful trip through the extraordinary life of Joseph Boulogne from his birth in the West Indies to his move to France and overcoming racism to be the best classical musician in France in the 18th century and finally performing for the King and Queen of France! This beautifully written, illustrated, and designed book is a gem! I 

As a classical music and history lover, I couldn't put this book down. I have been recommending to many people. Who read the book and loved it as well. The pictures are so realistic that you feel like you are there. There is an "Author's Note" at the end that you must read! 

This book is a must have for all school, public, private, and home libraries! I recommend this picture book for students and adults young and old who love history, music, and a well done book! You won't be disappointed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

 Until the next time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
 Happy reading!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
 A children's book a day, keeps the scary monster away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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