Grade 1-2–Jake, canine friend to Richie, the principal stagehand of the Philharmonic Orchestra, answers the birds, the cars, and the clap of thunder with a distinct bark, a wagging tail, or flattened ears and a whine. Jake simply loves sound. His first trip to Richies workplace confounds him as he confuses car horns with the brass section and the rumble of thunder with the boom of the percussion section. It also results in his false identification of the conductors wand as a new toy and eventual duty as principal stagepaw. LeFrak introduces musical terms within the story, including identification of the instruments. Illustrations, done in acrylic and tempera paint, frame the account of the pups activities. This straightforward, predictable story will appeal to dog lovers and may serve as a painless introduction to the orchestra as well. Pair it with Alan Madisons Pecorinos First Concert (S & S, 2005) or Lloyd Mosss eye-catching Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin (S & S, 1995).–Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX
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More Bach than bark! This is a wonderful read for dog lovers, music lovers, and any child who loves a good story. Jake is certain to win Best in Show. (Itzhak Perlman, world-renowned violinist)
This is a sheer delight. The world needs lots of Jakes. It's a must for kids of all ages, and a great introduction to the magical world of the orchestra. (Beverly Sills, American opera singer and international opera star)
I have met Jake backstage at the Philharmonic, and he is a friendly dog with heroic qualities, like Snoopy, Toto, Nana, and Old Yeller, worthy of a book. Life at a great orchestra is much more fun with a good dog nearby. (Garrison Keillor, author and host of A Prairie Home Companion)
Karen LeFrak has written an enchanting story for children that is also an outstanding introduction to the world of the orchestra. (Lorin Maazel, Music Director of the New York Philharmonic)