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Tuba Lessons
     

Tuba Lessons

by T. C. Bartlett, Monique Felix (Illustrator)
 

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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.

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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.

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
A young boy is warned not to dillydally on his way through the woods or he will be late for his tuba lesson. This is the last of any text until the last page in this tale of his adventurous journey. He sets out cheerfully along the five lines of the musical staff; earlier a mouse has carried of the treble clef while a squirrel totes a musical note. The boy is distracted and takes a break by a tree. Several forest creatures appear to become an audience to his tuba playing. The lines of the staff are broken and the animals scattered by an enormous bear. They fear he is attacking, but soon he is embracing the notes and participating in the music. One of his notes almost knocks our hero off the security of the staff, but he is soon rescued as all enjoy cavorting to the music across the double pages. The boy is late for his lesson, however, getting an extra hour of practice for his fun. Felix's playful imagination matches the youthful enthusiasm of the youngster with the antics of appealing creatures as they manipulate those large black notes while making merry with the five lines of the musical staff. Pastels create furry textures along with the lively background for the action. Be sure to lift the jacket to see the notes dancing on the cover and across the end pages. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal - 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568462097
Publisher:
Creative Company, The
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.70(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

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