Tuba Lessons

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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.

While walking through the woods on his way to his tuba lesson, a boy becomes sidetracked by all the animals that want to hear him play.

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Overview

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.

While walking through the woods on his way to his tuba lesson, a boy becomes sidetracked by all the animals that want to hear him play.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1--Tuba tucked under his arm, a blond-haired boy sets off to his music lesson, with the words "Don't dillydally in the woods" ringing in his ears. However, when the lines of the road curve upward into a tree, the boy finds himself swinging on the branches and napping in the shade. Soon, a curious squirrel sounds a note from the instrument, bringing the forest animals to the scene, which, in turn, attracts a seemingly raucous bear. He, too, is quickly charmed by the boy's music making and when a large bounding note nearly carries the boy away, it's the bear who swiftly saves him. In the penultimate double-page spread, the tuba-playing boy, now happily astride the bear's back and accompanied by the gleeful animals, arrives safely--but tardy--to his lesson. On this final page, he is greeted with the book's only other words, "Young man, you're late." This nearly wordless story celebrates the joy of music, and children will be caught up in the mirth. Mostly, though, they will be captivated by Felix's imaginative use of line--with the road that becomes a tree, that becomes a road, that breaks into fractured lines with the bear's appearance, that swirls up into a curve resembling the shape of a tuba, and finally back into a road--and by her playful deployment of jumbo black notes that bounce about the pages. The colorful texture gives added dimension to the characters.--Barbara Elleman, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
Kirkus Reviews
Music soothes the savage beast in this near-wordless picture book about a boy on his way to a tuba lesson.

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898125221
  • Publisher: Creative Company, The
  • Publication date: 4/15/2011
  • Series: Creative Editions Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,448,433
  • Product dimensions: 10.62 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.25 (d)

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