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The Barefoot Book of Stories from the Opera
     

The Barefoot Book of Stories from the Opera

by Shahrukh Husain, Shackle Shahrukh Husain, James Mayhew (Illustrator), James Mayhew (Illustrator), Shahrukh
 
Opera is one of the most spectacular and exhilarating art forms in the world, but it is often perceived as being difficult for children to understand. This sumptuous anthology tells a different story. Author Shahrukh Husain has selected seven classic operas, retelling them in a way that will capture them for the unforgettable experience of seeing opera performed

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Opera is one of the most spectacular and exhilarating art forms in the world, but it is often perceived as being difficult for children to understand. This sumptuous anthology tells a different story. Author Shahrukh Husain has selected seven classic operas, retelling them in a way that will capture them for the unforgettable experience of seeing opera performed live. Each story opens with background information on the composer and a scene-setting introduction, while endnotes offer advice for parents on the best recordings. The book is lavishly illustrated throughout by James Mayhew, whose life-long love and knowledge of his subject brings a truly theatrical sparkle to the page.

Editorial Reviews

ForeWord Magazine
Let this book once and for all dispel any notions that children will not like opera. As this collection demonstrates, beneath that ornate and unfamiliar music are stories of fantasy, romance and suspense that have enchanted young and old for centuries . . . Parents who want to encourage an appreciation of music in their offspring will be hard-pressed to find a more accessible introduction of opera.
Kirkus Reviews
Seven operas, chosen for simplicity and relative absence of death and violence, receive lighthearted retellings, along with brief character and composer notes. The contents encompass nearly 200 years of opera history, from Gluck's 18th-century Orpheus and Eurydice, featuring an unexpectedly happy ending, to Benjamin Britten's pathos-laden The Little Sweep, with selections ranging from somber (Wagner's Flying Dutchman) to giddy (Rimski-Korsakov's Christmas Eve) in between. Husain brightens her plot summaries with flashes of humor — the usually-grim Furies respond to Orpheus's pleas by "smiling rather rustily," while Gretel greets the Crunch Witch's talk of boy soup and stew with "That's disgusting" — and tucks in occasional snatches of lyric or references to singing to remind readers that opera is a musical genre. Mayhew introduces characters and catches each story's high spots with tableaux and individual portraits of gorgeously costumed figures. This is pleasant preparatory reading for a night at the opera, although it is skimpy next to The Random House Book of Opera Stories (1998, not reviewed) or other heftier guides. (Anthology. 8-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781902283289
Publisher:
Barefoot Books
Publication date:
04/06/2001
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
8.82(w) x 10.66(h) x 0.51(d)
Lexile:
830L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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