Biography

The Sea Tiger: The Story of Pedro Menendez
Pedro Menéndez of Aviles is an unfamiliar name to many Americans—and yet in 1565 this remarkable man founded St. Augustine, the oldest continually-inhabited city in North America. Growing up in Asturia, Spain, the young Pedro becomes a master at handling boats, with an instinctive knowledge of the...Read more
Ludwig van Beethoven, born to a loving mother but a lazy and erratic father, finds solace in his paternal grandfather’s gentle attention. His grandfather takes little Ludwig for walks, plays tunes on the piano, and sings him folk songs. After his grandfather dies, Ludwig’s life is harsher,...Read more
Joseph Haydn—a boy willing to skip recess to hear his teacher play violin—leaves home at age six to pursue proper music training. He travels to Vienna at age eight to be educated in the cathedral’s choir. While training there, Joseph indulges in his other great love: pranks. At thirteen he is an...Read more
In the musical Mozart family, little Wolfgang is known for his energy, riddles, and original ditties. Then his father discovers he can play a minuet at age three, write a clavier concerto solo at age five and a symphony at age eight. Wolfgang’s father travels Europe introducing his son and daughter...Read more