Meet the Orchestra

Ann Hayes, Author, Karmen Thompson, Illustrator Harcourt Children's Books $16 (32p) ISBN 978-0-15-200526-9
Working within the framework of an evening at the symphony--the title page features concert-goers buying tickets, the last page shows musicians and audience members heading home--these collaborators have drummed up a treasure of a book for musically inclined children. Each instrument of the orchestra--from oboes and violas to tubas, trumpets and timpani--is explained, with clear definitions as well as more subjective information as to how each one sounds (the clarinet's ``cool tones melt in your ears just like ice cream melts in your mouth''). Thompson's illustrations are sumptuously silly--but musically correct--featuring an array of formally dressed animal musicians (check out the otter in tails on the piccolo). Readers also meet the conductor and learn his role, and are treated to a glimpse of the orchestra seated and in full cry. It's a smashing introduction to classical music, and a must prior to a first visit to the symphony. Ages 4-8. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 03/04/1991
Release date: 03/01/1991
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-0-15-200222-0
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Paperback - 32 pages - 978-0-15-200275-6
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