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. Volume XIV Number 21. . . .June 13, 2008
Charis Cotter has followed up her 2007 book, Kids Who Rule: The Remarkable Lives of Five Child Monarchs, with a look at the profiles of nine historical and current child prodigies. The group includes poet Phillis Wheatley from colonial Boston, polyglot and author Mariea Gaetana Agnesi of 18th century Milan, performers Buster Keaton, and Dai Vernon (magic) and a range of musicians from Fanny Mendelssohn to Clara Schumann to Stevie Wonder. The collection wraps up with biographies of more recent prodigies – artist Wang Yani of China and Terence Tao, a young mathematician from Australia.
Each individual has a dedicated, structured chapter. A picture of the individual, name and date of birth (and death) are presented as a frontispiece, and a dramatized incident from the individual's life serves as an introduction to the biographical section. The text is broken up by font changes, section titles, text boxes and colourful illustrations and images - all highlighted by a bright lime green. Small star graphics are used throughout with a larger graphic used as a background for the end sections of further materials of interest. My only quibble with the formatting is that I found the additional text highlighting technique distracting as it added a somewhat ragged look to the presentation.
Catherine Howett is a Research and Resource Centre Coordinator and advocate for school libraries. She lives in Vancouver, BC.
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