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Meet the Orchestra

By Ann Hayes, Karmen Thompson (Illustrated by)

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Format: Paperback, 32 pages
Other Information: illustrations
Published In: USA, 15 March 1991

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Kindergarten-Grade 3-- An attractive, well-planned book that introduces the orchestra's families (groups of like instruments) and its members. In clear and understandable prose, each instrument's function, especially as it relates to the other members of its family, and its sound are described in sometimes poetic phrases--"its song can be bright as laughter, light as air, soft as a whisper, or sad as a tear." Single- or double-page spreads feature a large watercolour illustration of an animal playing the instrument under discussion. Although most are aptly chosen for their instruments--a polar bear playing a bassoon and a lion as the conductor--some are disconcerting. The sight of a chimpanzee in a pink dress and frilly pantaloons sitting at a grand piano lessens the effectiveness of that instrument's description. Overall, however, these creatures add a lively note and enable the book to be friendly and accessible without exhibiting the overriding silliness found in Eugen's Orchestranimals (Scholastic, 1989). A good book to use in the classroom as well as individually, this is a collaboration between two artists whose love for music and the orchestra is evident throughout. --Jane Marino, White Plains Pub . Lib . , NY
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.)

EAN: 9780152002220
ISBN: 0152002227
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Dimensions: 23.11 x 27.89 x 0.28 centimetres (0.16 kg)
Age Range: 5-9 years
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This book is full of facts about the various orchestral instruments. Suitable to read to 3 - 8 year olds keen to learn about musical instruments. The illustrations are watercolour paintings of various animals dressed up in fine clothes playing the instruments, reminiscient of Wind in the Willows. For educators, a recording of each instrument would be a asset to use with this book.

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