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The Random House Book of Opera Stories
     

The Random House Book of Opera Stories

by Adele Geras, Ian Beck (Illustrator)
 

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This spellbinding collection of eight well-known stories was created and designed especially for children. Acclaimed author Adèle Geras has dramatically retold familiar operas such as The Magic Flute and Aida, giving us timeless tales filled with magic, love, war, friendship, and a host of larger-than-life characters. Eight popular illustrators

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This spellbinding collection of eight well-known stories was created and designed especially for children. Acclaimed author Adèle Geras has dramatically retold familiar operas such as The Magic Flute and Aida, giving us timeless tales filled with magic, love, war, friendship, and a host of larger-than-life characters. Eight popular illustrators have brought these splendid stories to life in a colorful array of styles. Additionally, each opera is accompanied by spectacular costume sketches and a brief biography of the composer. The end result is a truly beautiful, fresh, entertaining, and child-friendly collection for the whole family.

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Stories from eight operas (The Magic Flute, Aida, Carmen, The Cunning Little Vixen, Turandot, Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, and The Love for Three Oranges), which are often the first performances that a child might attend, are retold by Geras. For those who know opera, the stories are often quite silly and frequently don't make a lot of sense, which Geras points out in her introductions. Each opera story also features a little information about the composer, an anecdote regarding the person or a particular performance. The stories are well told and a different artist illustrates each one. Jane Ray's style is particularly appropriate to The Magic Flute. She uses golden borders on some illustrations and gold stars scattered among many other, including the depiction of the Queen of the Night. Katya Mikhailovsky's whimsical figures are a perfect foil for the silly story presented in The Love for Three Oranges. This is a richly illustrated and delightful collection. Perfect for a new or knowledgeable opera fan. Those who are already familiar with the works will really enjoy the little insights Geras provides.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-7-Geras has succeeded in capsulizing the basic plots of eight operas that have the potential to interest a young audience. She has chosen those that are based on familiar stories or that include fantasy, magic, and spectacle. Aida, Carmen, Hansel and Gretel, and The Love for Three Oranges are among the selections. With a storyteller's voice, she relates each complicated tale so that performances will be meaningful and exciting to children. The lively prose is inviting, and these eight offerings can be enjoyed as intriguing tales on their own. Each story is preceded by a brief comment on its composer and is enhanced by the artistry of a different illustrator. Colors suit the individual selections, and additional page decorations add to the book's festive nature. Labeled costume illustrations offer yet another insight into opera production. While the scope is obviously far more limited than Clyde Robert Bulla's Stories of Favorite Operas (1959) and More Stories of Favorite Operas (1965, both Crowell; o.p.), what is offered is more exciting in its presentation.-Renee Steinberg, Fieldstone Middle School, Montvale, NJ

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679893158
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Series:
Random House Story Collections Series
Edition description:
1 AMER ED
Pages:
136
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Adèle Geras is a highly regarded children's author, with more than forty novels, retellings, and picture books to her name.

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