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PreSchool-Grade 2-Glitzy and exciting packaging is what this book has going for it. Turner has written new commentary for Saint-Sa'ns's music, accompanied by a full-length, music-only CD, cleverly designed to fit into a plastic holder. In addition to offering one-page commentaries on the 14 sections of this famous musical work, Turner gives basic education on the orchestra used for the composition and helpful hints on how to listen for the distinctive animal sounds made by certain instruments. The text is serviceable, but the tone is condescending at times. "Do you think the elephant enjoys dancing? Do you think he knows that he can't dance very well?" Finer, more humorous commentary is available on the CD "Classical Zoo" (Telarc, 1997), with Itzhak Perlman as narrator and new poems by Bruce Adolphe, but then, it is only the recording. Practicality and management of the two resources in one are considerations for librarians, but Carnival of the Animals, while not perfect, is one way to get young children to listen to and absorb classical music. Williams's full-page and spot illustrations are colorful and fanciful, adding another dimension to the presentation.
Mollie Bynum, formerly at Chester Valley Elementary School, Anchorage, AK
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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.
Let me start with why I bought this item: My three year old is part of a weekly home preschool group. This month's theme was Music. Read morePublished 16 months ago by M
Not enough camera focus on instruments - too much focus on children - ALL blond - realized why when I saw that this DVD was a production of Mormon Church. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Sidney Talisman
This is a wonderful book for children to learn about some of the different instruments of the orchestra. The illustrations are wonderful and the CD sound good. Read morePublished 20 months ago by John L
This is a great book for young kids to explore music. They love the story and the music. Thank you.Published 21 months ago by LoveSales
This carnival of the animals was purchased as a gift. The book is adorable, the music I love! I hope they are listening to it, my twins loved it when they were small.Published on August 23, 2013 by Doreen twinmomNJ
I love the way classical music is introduced through this book for children. My twins enjoys listening to this. I highly recommend it!Published on August 6, 2013 by twinscreations
I always recommend this book to my Kindermusik classes -all ages! I use the CD often in my classses. I gave them as gifts to my graduating students.Published on June 5, 2013 by Nancy Love