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The Dog Who Sang at the Opera

The Dog Who Sang at the Opera

Fall 2004 Picture Books
Ages: 5 - 9 yrs.
Author: Jim West
Author: Marshall Izen
Illustrator: Erika Oller
ISBN: 0-8109-4928-8
Hardcover Price: $16.95
A glamorous dog performing an aria at New York's famed Metropolitan Opera House seems fanciful premise for a children's story—except, it really did happen. In September 1997, soprano Renée Fleming was, much to her dismay, accompanied by the howling of a Russian wolfhound while attempting to sing a demanding section of the opera Manon. The dog was removed, but not before delighting audiences and attracting the attention of media nationwide. Years later, two men who worked as opera puppeteers that night turned the incident into this sweet and funny book, told from the perspective of the elegant wolfhound, Miss Pasha. Erika Oller's colorful illustrations highlight the humor in the situation, and the inclusion of both New York Times coverage of the opera and Renee Fleming's reaction to her impromptu duet complement.
Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2004 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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