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The Carnival of the Animals (Book and CD) Hardcover – August 24, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Series: Book and CD
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; Har/Com edition (August 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037586458X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375864582
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 10.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 1-7–Prelutsky has created a group of poems that match the animals that Saint-Saëns portrayed in his famous classical work, composed in 1886. Read alone or in tandem with the accompanying CD, the sounds of the animals come through in the poetic form with Prelutsky's use of repetition, alliteration, and carefully placed line breaks. Listen to “Roosters and Hens” and the “peck peck peck” and “cluck cluck cluck” bring these skittery creatures to mind. The CD allows readers to listen for the same animal through Saint-Saëns's music, which brings the chickens alive in a very different way. In “Birds” children can hear the “flitter” that Prelutsky describes come alive in the tones of the flute. Having children tune in to the sounds, whether poetic or orchestral, creates a sensitivity to music in all its forms. A third dimension is added with GrandPré's vibrant art, which suggests movement through the use of collage and luminous acrylics. This is a carnival, after all, and the rich colors bring to mind the otherworldliness a carnival provides. While music teachers will want this book to complement their introduction of the sounds of the orchestra, it is also a collection children will enjoy on their own. Teachers will enjoy sharing Prelutsky's use of “just the right words” when describing each animal. It is onomatopoeia at its best.–Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

Jack Prelutsky, America’s first Children’s Poet Laureate, is the king of funny verse. Two of his recent books are The Swamps of Sleethe: Poems from Beyond the Solar System and Good Sports: Rhymes about Running, Jumping, Throwing, and More.

Mary GrandPré is best known as the illustrator of the Harry Potter books. She has also illustrated The Blue Shoe by Roderick Townley and the picture book Chin Yu Min and the Ginger Cat by Jennifer Armstrong.

More About the Author

Jack Prelutsky has filled more than fifty books of verse with his inventive wordplay, including the national bestsellers The Wizard, Scranimals, and The New Kid on the Block. He is also the author of Be Glad Your Nose is on your Face, a collection of his most celebrated verses. He was named the nation's first Children's Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. Jack Prelutsky lives in Washington State.

Customer Reviews

We enjoy books on cd with classical music.
Liz
Love this updated version of the book, just wish they didn't interrupt the composition to read the page of print.
Heidi Stathus
I'm a music teacher and used it with my grades 1-3 classes.
Corey Andreasen

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
The magical combination of Jack Prelutsky's verse, Camille Saint-Saën's captivating music, and Mary GrandPré's stunning artwork infuse the pages of this book with excitement.

All fourteen movements of Camille Saint-Saën's Le Carnaval des Animaux (The Carnival of the Animals) are included on the CD. The movements are prefaced by Prelutsky's recitation of his poem. The last track on the CD is an uninterrupted, fully orchestrated performance of the piece performed by the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra.

On each two-page spread is a stunning interpretation of the animals in the Carnival. Mary GrandPré is best known for her illustrations of the American Harry Potter books. The illustrations are vibrant and capture the essence of Saint-Saën's work perfectly.

In the back of the book is a note to parents and educations discussing this work. The Carnival has been long noted as a perfect introductory classical piece for young children. Judith Bachleitner, head of the Rudolf Steiner School music department, notes that "Kindergarten-age children will move with the rhythm of the music, imitating the animals. They'll walk like an elephant, swim like a fish, march like a lion, hop like a kangaroo, and so on." This amazing book would be a perfect addition to any homeschool or classroom shelves!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Funaek on July 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A beautiful and fun book that covers various segments of Camille Saint-Saens' The Carnival of the Animals, with catchy rhymes by Prelutsky, and energetic illustrations by GrandPre. There are 15 sections, including an intro and finale, and the CD begins with Prelutsky's dramatic reading, followed by the relevant section of Camille Saint-Saens' music.

The concept behind this book and CD is that Prelutsky wrote a set of lyrics to accompany Camille Saint-Saens' The Carnival of the Animals, composed in 1886. It's a perfect introduction to classical music for children of all ages as it consists of a set of orchestral character pieces, with each depicting a particular animal. Think of it as like Peter and the Wolf, where each character was represented by an instrument that complimented its nature and personality.

Prelutsky has put together a great set of lyrics that captures the essence of the movements and has a great knack for words and rhythm. And I think that GrandPre's work really shines here, compared to in Harry Potter, as she uses vibrant colors and stylized set-ups to convey big movements and sounds in the lion, rooster, and donkey pages, but also beautifully captures the quiet stillness of the turtle and the swan.

The book alone is wonderful, but it's the CD that really seals the deal here. Enjoy this by reading the book, listening to the CD, or doing both, and you can do it all at once or in chunks. This can be as interactive or lazy of a read as you want it to be. I bought this for my niece and nephew last holiday season for the concentrated all-day family events when I knew we would all be too busy and too tired to read books all day. It was perfect and they still love The Carnival of the Animals to this day.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By NY/FL Snowbird on March 8, 2013
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We bought this book/CD set for our grandchildren (boy 5 & girl 6) and although they do not hear classical music often at home it was a joy to listen to the 6 year old read the book (with help), listen to the music related to each animal and admire the beautifuly illustrated pictures of each while discussing it with them. What pleased me also was overhearing them afterwards, while playing & apparently still listening to track 16 (22 minutes of the original strickly music composition at the end of the CD), I could hear them call out 'that's the tortoise' or that's 'the fossils', even 'that's the Personages with long ears'. There is also a note to parents & teachers at the back of the book. I like to think our grandchildren will remember someday, enjoying that time with Grandma as I so often enjoy the memories of my older sister playing quality recordings for my brothers & me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JTDk on March 18, 2013
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Artistic pictures, excellent approach to helping my children meet the instruments of the orchestra and in a multi-level experience that will stick in their memories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Cooper on May 21, 2013
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My daughter is using this in her kinderg. class. Anyone
with young children should buy this and have a little summer
music appreciation class...just great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Doyel on March 19, 2013
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I am a retired music teacher/ vocal, piano, organ, etc. I want to give my young grandchildren and inroduction to all the wonderful music I used to use in my early childhood music groups. I was so excited to find this and think it is wonderful!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Resonate on March 12, 2013
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We bought our son Peter and Wolf with a CD for Christmas and wanted to get our 3yo daughter something similar. This book and CD is fun and colorful. Plus it's a great way to introduce your kids to the orchestra instruments.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Peterson on March 26, 2014
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Bought this book and music to share with my 2 year old granddaughter. I will be waiting to share it until she's at least 4, as the illustrations are a bit scary and the music can be very frenetic.
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