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Welcome to the Symphony

Welcome to the Symphony

Spring 2016 Doing & Learning
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
ISBN: 978-0-7611-7647-3
Hardcover Price: $24.95

In this simple but clear guide to one of the world's most well known pieces of classical music, a bespectacled little mouse introduces two mouse companions and young readers to Beethoven's 5th Symphony. Within the appealing context of illustrator James Williamson's colorful pages, author Carolyn Sloan (a songwriter, musician, and music educator) offers easily digestible snippets of information about the history of the work, its instrumentation, about the elements of a symphony and about the make-up of a symphonic orchestra. Numbered prompts in the text tell children where to press on the book's attached, battery-operated soundboard to hear an example of the orchestra tuning up, the symphony's theme, sounds of individual instruments, and more. (The quality of the sound files is serviceable, but tinny.)

Lynne Heffley   ©2016 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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