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The Philharmonic Gets Dressed (Reading Rainbow Books) Paperback – October 15, 1986
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"It is almost Friday night. Outside, the dark is getting darker," and here and there around the city ninety-two men and thirteen women are getting dressed to go to work. First they bathe and put on their underwear. Then they don special black-and-white apparel. Then when the one hundred and five people are completely ready, each takes a musical instrument and travels to midtown. There, at 8:30 tonight, they will work together: playing.
In these pages Karla Kuskin and Marc Simont combine their talents to give us a delightful and unusual inside view of one way an orchestra prepares.
Notable Children's Books of 1983 (ALA)
1983 Fanfare Honor List (The Horn Book)
Outstanding Children's Books of 1982 (NYT)
A Reading Rainbow Selection
1983 Teachers' Choices (NCTE)
Children's Books of 1982 (Library of Congress)
- Format: Paperback
- Publication Date: 9/25/1986
- Pages: 48
- Reading Level: Age 4 and Up
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He also likes that the cat is watching one of the people taking a bath (our cat does the same thing when he takes a bath).
I highly recommend if your child likes instruments: without that appeal, it might not capture their interest. For my instrument-obsessed son, it's nearly perfect!
What I don't like about the book is that it's mostly buildup to the main event. The main event -- the orchestra playing beautiful music -- seems like a tiny ending added to everything that came before. Other than this disappointment, however, I found the book very enjoyable and I think that kids will see humor in people getting dressed for work.