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child prodigy

Mozart was a child prodigy.
  someone who is a master of one or more skills or arts at an early age
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Strongly Associated with:   prodigious, prodigy
One heuristic for classifying prodigies is: a prodigy is a child, typically younger than 13 years old, who is performing at the level of a highly trained adult in a very demanding field of endeavor. However, the talent of a child prodigy is determined by his/her talent in relation to the age. Examples of child prodigies would include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Carl Freidrich Gauss or Pablo Picasso. There is controversy as to at what age and standard to use in the definition of a prodigy.  (retrieved 9/25/08)
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  • Mozart was a child prodigy.
  • The vast majority of child prodigies don’t become adult geniuses.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • Is that my cue to say something like, you must have been a child prodigy?
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • There is no doubt that Artemis is a child prodigy.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl

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  • If only we could plunk her down in the loft in a bucket of cold water! Everyone in the Annex except Mr. van Daan and Peter has read the Hunaarian Rhapsody trilogy, a biography of the composer, piano virtuoso and child prodigy Franz Liszt.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • I was still some 429 points away from grand-master status, but I was touted as the Great American Hope, a child prodigy and a girl to boot.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • His first name was world renowned . the child prodigy who at the age of twenty-five was already doing commissions for Pope Julius II, and when he died at only thirty-eight, left behind the greatest collection of frescoes the world had ever seen.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Was he a child prodigy?
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • Hans Castorp could not avoid staring now and then straight into the face of the virginal child prodigy confined directly in front of him.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • In addition to court jester Dave Powers and the quick-witted Kenny O’Donnell, son of the College of the Holy Cross’s football coach, there are men such as the bespectacled special assistant and Harvard history professor Arthur Schlesinger; Ted Sorensen, the Nebraska-born special counselor and adviser; and Pierre Salinger, the former child prodigy pianist who serves as press secretary.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy

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  • The morning after noted child prodigy Colin Singleton graduated from high school and got dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, he took a bath.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • So maybe you’re not a child prodigy.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • Colin Singleton, noted child prodigy, noted veteran of Katherine Conflicts, noted nerd and sitzpinkler, didn’t matter to Katherine XIX, and he didn’t matter to the world.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • "I’m a washed-up child prodigy."
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • Who was not a child prodigy but did end up becoming something of a genius.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • Requirements include at least fourteen years’ experience as a certified child prodigy, ability to anagram adeptly (and alliterate agilely), fluency in eleven languages. fob duties include reading, remembering encyclopedias, novels, and poetry; and memorizing the first ninety-nine digits of pi."
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • "I’m a child prodigy, and I’m dumped by Katherines.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • "Katherine III was a perfectly charming little brunette whom I met my first summer at smart-kid camp, which would in time come to be the place for child prodigies to pick up chicks, and since it makes a better story, I choose to remember that she dumped me one morning on the archery course after this math prodigy named Jerome ran in front of her bow and fell to the ground, claiming he’d been shot by Cupid’s arrow.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
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Associated words [difficulty]:   child prodigy [8] , prodigious [2] , prodigy [3]
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