January 27, musician, composesr

Wolfgang Mozart, musician

Jan. 27, 1756-Dec. 5, 1791


Mozart: The Wonder Child: A Puppet Play in Three Acts by Diane Stanley (HarperCollins, 2009)

The life story about the brilliant boy who grew up to be one of the greatest composers of all times and the struggles he endured along the way. Stanley portrays Mozart’s turbulent life as a marionette show, inspired by the famous Salzburg Marionette Theatre.

January 27: Manjiro Nakahama. MAJIRO: THE BOY WHO RISKED HIS LIFE FOR TWO COUNTRIES

Manjiro Nakahama “John Mung”, sailor

Jan. 27, 1827- November 22, 1898

Manjiro: The Boy Who Risked His Life for Two Countries by Emily Arnold McCully (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008)

The
story of a boy who is saved by a whaling captain (Whitfield) after his
crew’s boat shipwrecks on an island in Japan. The captain takes Manjiro
back to America and educates him. Later as a young man, Manjiro returns
to Japan and plays a pivotal role in opening trade between Japan and the
Western world.

The house where Manjiro lived with Captain William Whitfield is now a museum in Fairhaven, Mass. Visit the Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship Society Inc. website to discover more and follow the Manjiro trail.