Carnival of the Animals: By Saint-Saens

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The animals are having a carnival, and the guests are arriving. There's the majestic lion, the braying mules, the dancing elephant, and the bouncy kangaroos. Even the fossils join in with a fast and rattly dance. Everyone is invited!

Nearly 150 years ago, the composer Camille Saint-Saëns was asked by his pupils to write a musical joke for them. He wrote the Carnival of the Animals, a piece people enjoyed so much that it has now become one of ...

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Overview

The animals are having a carnival, and the guests are arriving. There's the majestic lion, the braying mules, the dancing elephant, and the bouncy kangaroos. Even the fossils join in with a fast and rattly dance. Everyone is invited!

Nearly 150 years ago, the composer Camille Saint-Saëns was asked by his pupils to write a musical joke for them. He wrote the Carnival of the Animals, a piece people enjoyed so much that it has now become one of Saint-Saëns's most famous works.

This accessible commentary, in a picture-book format, helps children follow each section of Saint-Saëns's classic piece while they listen to the CD. Whimsical illustrations, a simple text, and evocative melodies create an ideal introduction for young children to the world of classical music.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Another classic music introduction comes with a new version of Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals. The CD is packaged with a hardcover book that contains commentary and helpful questions by Barrie Carson Turner and bright, rollicking illustrations by Sue Williams. Turner writes thoughtfully about the music itself, the orchestra, the different orchestra families, and the animals Saint-Saens' used to represent them. Her lively commentary may whet the kids' appetites for more classical music.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 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 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805061802
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Series: Classical Music for Kids Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 42
  • Sales rank: 226,613
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.41 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2014

    Lovely book and lovely music BUT .....

    The numbers on the pages for each animal do NOT match the actual bands on the CD. Fortunately, I was familiar with 'THE SWAN" and had recently attended a program on Saint-Saens, so I could clearly identify at least 2 other animals by their music. We then had to changes all the numbers within the book. This was quite frustrating --- and would be even more so for someone totally unfamiliar with the piece. Also, there are
    other Saint-Saens works on the same CD -- totally unrelated to the book.

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

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    Wow!  What a fabulous book.  The beautiful illustrations an enga

    Wow!  What a fabulous book.  The beautiful illustrations an engaging dialogue educate kids and prompt them to listen carefully and notice the nuances of each movement.  The author includes an introduction to an orchestra as well as the individual instruments.  Really well done, I wish this was a series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2001

    This item not just for age 5 and older.

    Our grandson, who will be 3 in August, loves the book and music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2000

    Music's Best!

    I've used this book in first- and second-grade classrooms. Children love it! A great introduction to classical music!

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    Posted December 4, 2009

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