Monday, February 5, 2018

Mr. Mergler, Beethoven, and Me by David Gutnick

Mr. Mergler, Beethhoven, and Me by David Gutnick
Illustrations: Mathilde Cinq-Mars
Publisher: Second Story Press
Release Date: April 18, 2018
Pages: 32
Ages: 7-10

"Not long after my family arrived from China, I went to the park with my father, whom I call Baba. Lots of people went there to play, enjoy the flowers, and have picnics. That's where I rode my bike, and one special summer morning, it is where I met someone I will always remember."

A family moved from China to North America, and soon after, on a day that Baba and his daughter took a trip to the park, they met a man who would change her life forever. His name was Mr. Mergler.

Mr. Mergler loved music, and he loved teaching children what he knew. He just knew that he had to have her over to teach her what he knew, and bring her capabilities to live.

We all have people in our lives who've taught us lessons that have stuck with us for years. Mr. Mergler was based on a real man who dedicated his whole life to music and teaching others the value and wonder in it. He passed away at the age of 77, but his legacy lived on through his pupils.

This is a super sweet and poignant story, with intricately drawn illustrations throughout. I can't wait to get my hands on a physical copy. I believe this is a children's book that needs to be in all libraries.

1 comment:

  1. aahh, children's books are sooo beautiful. I'm really looking into some recently and I've read a couple of board books myself. This one also sounds beautiful. And by the looks of the cover, I can tell that the art is fantastic <3

    czai @ the Blacksheep Reader