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Maria Von Trapp: Beyond the Sound of Music (Trailblazer Biographies) [Hardcover]

Candice Ransom


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Pictoral boards, Have lightly bumped corners, Front end paper has been removed, Starts with Title page, small stain on fore edge, Good clean text block

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful biography, even for an adult 9 Oct 2002
By "oh2" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Although I am a senior adult, I thoroughly enjoyed this biography. I often preread books that I wish to share with my grandchildren. I had often wondered how Maria had come to the convent in the first place and this book takes one back to her early beginnings before that point and then leads one on from there. The book is a fast and enjoyable read. I recommend it heartily!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting biography of a remarkable woman 6 May 2010
By Z Hayes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Maria Von Trapp whose love of music formed the premise of the classic movie The Sound of Music (Two-Disc 40th Anniversary Special Edition) was truly a remarkable woman who led an extraordinary life. Having lost her mother at a young age, Maria was cared for by a foster mother. Though Maria had a father, he was distant and when he died prematurely, Maria found herself at the mercy of relatives once again, taken in by her foster mother's daughter and husband, a stern man who was a judge. Maria's time with these foster parents was marked by unhappiness and Maria suffered physical abuse at the hands of the judge (for imagined transgressions). Eventually, Maria rebelled and left the judge's home, and enrolled in a Teacher's Training College. Then, a unique experience whilst hiking the mountains convinced Maria that her true calling was to serve God and she joined an abbey. Maria's love for teaching and music is described at length here, though she is later sent away to serve as governess to Baron Von Trapp's ailing daughter, one of seven children. Maria wins the affections of the children and after some time, marries the Baron.

The book also describes the Nazi occupation of Austria and how this serves as a catalyst that changes the lives of the Von Trapp family. The family eventually make their way to America and use their musical talents (nurtured by Maria) as a means to earn a living. Maria Von Trapp was a woman of remarkable talents - a musical performer, an entrepreneur, a writer, and above all, a devoted mother and wife. She is truly an inspiration! This biography is appropriate for children in the upper elementary levels and up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Historical Account of This Family 19 Feb 2014
By Bonnie43 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
If you are interested in 'truth beyond' what the Sound of Music presented on the big screen, then this is the book you wish to purchase. It is very detailed and written truthfully. I cannot say this about the movie!
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 11 Mar 2013
By JTQ - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My 8 yr olod daughter used this book for a biography. She loved it. It had a lot of info and pics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Maria Von Trapp: Beyond the Sound of Music (Trailblazer Biographies) 1 Jun 2008
By Roilynne M. Lipscomb - Published on Amazon.com
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The item was exactly as discribed and arrived in good condition. I would gladly buy from this seller again...anytime!
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