Carnival of the Animals: Classical Music for Kids

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Macmillan, Apr 21, 1999 - Juvenile Fiction - 48 pages
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The animals are having a carnival, and the guests are arriving. There's the majestic lion, the braying mules, the dancing elephant, and the bouncy kangaroos. Even the fossils join in with a fast and rattly dance. Everyone is invited!

Nearly 150 years ago, the composer Camille Saint-SaŽns was asked by his pupils to write a musical joke for them. He wrote the Carnival of the Animals, a piece people enjoyed so much that it has now become one of Saint-SaŽns's most famous works.

This accessible commentary, in a picture-book format, helps children follow each section of Saint-SaŽns's classic piece while they listen to the CD. Whimsical illustrations, a simple text, and evocative melodies create an ideal introduction for young children to the world of classical music.


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User Review  - brad413 -

My children love this book and CD set. They listen to each animals music and turn pages as we go. The book teaches them about instruments and after listening twice my 4 year old now can tell which music is for which animal. Great intro to classical music at a great price! Read full review

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User Review  - Joles - LibraryThing

This book and CD combo tell the stories behind Saint-Saens "Carnival of the Animals." It delves into each piece and describes what's going on and asks the audience if they can picture or hear it. This is a great book for elementary students. It helps them focus and the music is great. Read full review


Woodwind Instruments
Hens and Roosters
Animals with Long Ears

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About the author (1999)

Barrie Carson Turner is a freelance musician who has written songs, musicals, and books.

Sue Williams has won numerous awards for her work. Her illustrations have been featured in exhibition at the Louvre in Paris and at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

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