Boy and the Spell

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In this enchanting story based on the famous opera L’Enfant et les Sortileges (The Child and the Spell), stunning illustrations and playful language will captivate young children while also introducing them to classical music. When Thomas’ math problems give him trouble, he lets out a wild tantrum, ripping apart his favorite book, knocking over his clock, and overturning his tea and cake. But when he plops down into his favorite armchair, the chair decides it has had enough of the boy’s bad behavior. It ...

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Overview

In this enchanting story based on the famous opera L’Enfant et les Sortileges (The Child and the Spell), stunning illustrations and playful language will captivate young children while also introducing them to classical music. When Thomas’ math problems give him trouble, he lets out a wild tantrum, ripping apart his favorite book, knocking over his clock, and overturning his tea and cake. But when he plops down into his favorite armchair, the chair decides it has had enough of the boy’s bad behavior. It blows Thomas into a strange place in time where Thomas comes face-to-face with the very objects he just broke.

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"Matching the art’s sophistication with pinches of wit and rhyme, Shea tells the tale quickly but smoothly."  —Kirkus Reviews

"Beautifully written and illustrated for young children, the story is timeless and universal."  —School Arts Magazine

Children's Literature - Sharon Oliver
This second book in the "Musical Stories Series" is based on the opera L'enfant et les Sortileges by Ravel. The story begins with young Thomas who is frustrated by his math homework and his mother's pronouncement that he shall have all the time he needs to finish because he will have to stay in his room until the work is done. Thomas throws a temper tantrum, in the process damaging his chair, shredding his books, and hurting his pets. In retaliation the armchair "took a huge breath and blew Thomas clear out of this world." In his new world, Thomas is now smaller than a spoon and forced to confront the objects he terrorized, now brought to life. Eventually Thomas sees the error of his ways, apologizes, and is returned home with enough time left to finish his math before dinner. Riglietti, an award winning Italian illustrator, presents fantastic and fabulous drawings to accompany this simple story. This is a prime opportunity to inform young readers about classical music and opera while at the same time presenting a very enjoyable story. This is a beautiful addition to all collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780964601048
  • Publisher: Pumpkin House, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Series: Musical Stories Series
  • Pages: 36
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.75 (w) x 11.75 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Maurice Ravel was one of the most original and sophisticated composers of the early 20th century. He wrote several operas, including L’Enfant et les Sortileges (The Child and the Spell), as well as ballets, and orchestral and chamber music. Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette collaborated with Ravel on L’Enfant et les Sortileges and wrote the libretto for it. Pegi Deitz Shea is the award-winning author of The Carpet Boy’s Gift, Liberty Rising, Patience Wright, Tangled Threads, Ten Mice for Tet, and The Whispering Cloth. She lives in Rockville, Connecticut. Serena Riglietti has illustrated more than 50 children’s books, including the Italian editions of the Harry Potter series.

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