Synopses & Reviews
A great way to introduce children to classical music.
America’s first Children's Poet Laureate has written all-new verses to accompany the composer Camille Saint-Saëns’s The Carnival of the Animals, and the illustrator of the Harry Potter books has turned these rollicking rhymes into a picture-book fun fest. Included is a CD of the music and of Jack Prelutsky reading the verses. A note to parents and teachers by Judith Bachleitner, head of the music department at the prestigious Rudolf Steiner School in New York City, suggests ways preschoolers can act out the music—tromp like an elephant, hop like a kangaroo, glide like a swan—or, for older children, be creatively inspired by this joyful work.
"Along with Peter and the Wolf, Saint-SaÃ«ns's suite has long been the go-to piece to introduce children to classical music. This delightful collection of new poems by Prelutsky serves as both helpful libretto and stand-alone treasure. The poems correlate to the animal-themed movements and neatly capture each creature's essence. Staccato verse mirrors the hens' frantic pace ('They scurry scurry scurry/ They fuss and fret and fret and fuss/ With feathers in a flurry'), while humor spotlights the rooster's machismo ('He seems to think a chicken egg/ Was something he invented'). GrandPrÃ©'s (Tickety Tock) vibrant acrylic and paper collage scenes exude the same imaginative insight. The feathers of the egocentric rooster curl into a finger that points to himself as he balances an egg on his beak. Wild donkeys, who 'haven't any manners,' are crazily disruptive at a birthday party, with one inhaling the food, sporting whipped cream and sprinkles on his head. This nod to the familiar pin-the-tail party game reveals just how deeply child-savvy these two talents remain. An accompanying CD contains music performed by the WÃ¼rttemberg Chamber Orchestra and poems read by Prelutsky. Ages 6 12. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
This book-and-CD set is a great way to introduce children to classical music. America's first Children's Poet Laureate has written all-new verses to accompany the composer Camille Saint-Saens's "The Carnival of the Animals."
The symphonious companion to Brian Liesand#8217;s bestselling bat books series where the Bats take a break from the Beach, theand#160;Library,and#160;and the Ballgame to strike up the band, celebrate, and share music. A must-have addition to a child's first rhythmic and rhymingand#160;picture book library.
The look on our faces is easy to read:
a little night music is just what we need!
A late-spring night sky fills with bats flocking to a theater,and#160;already echoing and booming with delightful sounds of music. Bat musicand#8212;plunky banjoes, bat-a-tat drums, improvised instruments, country ballads, and the sweet cries of a bat with the blues.
Join this one-of-a-kind music festival as the bats celebrate the rhythm of the night, and the positive power of music. Brian Liesand#8217;s newest celebration of bats and their dazzling, dizzying world will lift everyoneand#8217;s spirits with joyous noise and cheer!
Iand#39;m wondering if youand#39;d go wandering with me
Through the wilderness and woods
To where the winds are blowinandrsquo; free.
The Grammyandreg;-winning Okee Dokee Brothersandmdash;Joe Mailander and Justin Lansingandmdash;celebrate the beauty of nature and the joys of being outdoors and unplugged. Their family-friendly music aims to inspire parents and kids to get outside and get creative. Can You Canoe? journeys cross-country in 12 songs, from the Appalachian Mountains in the east to campfires and saddling-up in the Wild West. Along the way, the Okee Dokeeandrsquo;s toe-tapping, irresistible tunes invite kids to wander through the woods and wilderness, where theyandrsquo;ll discover jumping jamborees and bullfrog operas; black bears and tall-tale spinners; swift canoes and camping tents. Brandon Reeseandrsquo;s fun illustrations, and a CD to sing along with, will make this set a childrenandrsquo;s classic.
About the Author
As childhood friends growing up in Denver CO, Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing were always exploring the outdoors. Now, as the Grammyandreg; Award-winningand#160;Okee Dokee Brothers, they have put this passion for the outdoors at the heart of their Americana folk music. They are three-time Parentsandrsquo; Choice Award winners, and have garnered praise from the likes of NPRandrsquo;s All Things Considered
and USA Today
. Learn more about them at their website: okeedokee.org.
Brandon Reese created the distinctive cover artwork for The Okee Dokee Brothersandrsquo; albums, and is also the illustrator for a number of clients including Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., eeBoo, BOOM! Studios, and more. Mr. Reese has never been described as andquot;outdoorsy.andquot; He lives in NC with his wife and young son. Learn more about Brandon online at brandonreese.com.