Opal wheeler's name has prestige in music-for-children circles, so this book will prove a double disappointment to those accustomed to count on her for sound biographical as well as musical values. It is a dull, romanticized biography, with cardboard characters and platitudinous pronouncements. Schumann, child prodigy, is incredible, unappealing and sentimental; he is pictured weeping bitterly because he cannot express his emotions adequately; his immediate family drips with loving hands and hearts and altruism. In later life, his relationship with his children is cemented by new songs for every occasion. Famous names (unfamiliar to children) appear throughout, but contribute nothing to the story, nor do they emerge as personalities.