Meet nine amazing talents whose passions shone early.
Every kid is good at something. But imagine being so passionate about it that grown-ups flock to see you in action. Wonder Kids explores the lives of nine young talents whose amazing abilities attracted widespread attention.
Phillis Wheatlely, a black slave in colonial Boston, was 14 when her first poem was published. A young Stevie Wonder was wowing audiences with his harmonica solos at the age of 12. And silent-film star Buster Keaton was hurtling through the air on a vaudeville stage when he was only 3.
Other child prodigies featured are:
Compelling profiles tell the stories of how these young wonders' abilities were discovered and developed, and of how they used their gifts as they grew up. Complete with captivating photographs and links to their works, Wonder Kids is a true celebration of not-so-tiny talent.
Charis Cotter is an editor and author of Kids Who Rule: The Remarkable Lives of Five Child Monarchs as well as other books for adults and young readers. She lives in Toronto.
Some people seem to arrive on this planet with amazing talents that are apparent at a very early age. Wonder Kids looks at nine of these extraordinary children and what they accomplished. Poet, musician, artist, composer, magician, mathematician, linguist, polyglot, performer--each of these children, whose lifetimes span the years from 1753 to the present, excelled in a different discipline, making history with their abilities. Photographs, sidebars and illustrations make this an appealing book for the target audience, and suggestions for ways to "Spend More Time" with each of the profiled people are included to encourage further research. Children with an interest in a particular area of expertise or who like to read about real people will enjoy Wonder Kids. Another book about extraordinary young people, also by Charis Cotter and published by Annick is Kids Who Rule: The Remarkable Lives of Five Child Monarchs.
Readers who pick up the book to read about a famous prodigy will probably find themselves delving into other chapters of this well-designed and quite readable volume.
Cotter doesn't hesitate to highlight the difficult parts of a prodigy's life...but she also shows readers that gifted individuals are not that different from themselves.