Wonder Kids: The Remarkable Lives of Nine Child Prodigies
by Charis Cotter
Annick Press, 2008
ISBN 978-1-55451-133-4 (pb)
ISBN 978-1-55451-134-1 (hc)
$14.95 (pb)/$24.95 (hc), 136 pp b/w and colour illus. and photos, index, ages 9 – 11
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. ISBN 978-1-55451-061-0.
This review is from Canadian Teacher Magazine’s May 2009 issue.