Tuba Lessonsby T. C. Bartlett, Monique Felix
When a boy's path to his tuba teacher's house leads him through a forest, the boy delights in climbing trees and making music with rabbits, foxes, squirrels, and even a big, scary bear. This colorful and almost wordless story makes for a lesson all kids will want to take.
The tuba is about as big as the boy, who's warned not to "dillydally" in the woods, or he'll be late. He trots along a road of five lines, which looks suspiciously like a music staff; one line curves up to become a tree, which he first climbs and then naps under. A squirrel in the tree creates a giant musical note by fooling with the tuba; a host of critters poke their noses out of hiding places in the lines of the road. Soon there's a rollicking concert in the woods, interrupted by a ticked-off bear, who eventually succumbs to the music. There's a genial conspiracy between readers and the book's characters in the delight of dawdling, and a variety of events cleverly pace the book. Felix's illustrations are drawn on oatmeal-colored paper, which shows through the lines and smudges of pastel. Whimsical animals and ingenious compositions provide more fun, but this is serious art: Felix plays maestro to Bartlett's utterly childlike notions.
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