Scarlatti's Cat

Scarlatti's Cat


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Scarlatti's Cat by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer, Carlyn Beccia

Domenico Scarlatti, the great Italian composer, enjoys his cat's company when he plays harpsichord. Little does he know, his cat, Pulcinella also dreams of composing her own music! One day, while chasing a mouse, she tumbles onto the harpsichord. Suddenly, she can't resist the urge to play. When she begins to play, Scarlatti's eyes widen…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761354727
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2014
Series: Carolrhoda Picture Books
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 9.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: AD680L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

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Scarlatti's Cat 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
lovelybookshelf More than 1 year ago
Scarlatti's Cat grabbed my attention both as a musician and music teacher, and as a parent who appreciates a quality picture book. The book is based on the legendary story behind Domenico Scarlatti's Fugue in G minor and how it became known as the "cat fugue." This fugue is built upon a somewhat unusual set of six notes, which inspired a tale in which Scarlatti composed the piece during an improvisation session after hearing his pet cat, Pulcinella, walk across the harpsichord keys. The illustrations are beautiful. The colors are vivid, the pictures grab the reader's attention, yet there's an ever-so-slight "old world" look, as if looking at paintings created during Scarlatti's time. During a recent informal meeting with my fellow music teachers, Scarlatti happened to come up in conversation. I let them flip through the galley of this book on my Nook and they all gushed over it. One teacher commented, "I'm sold by the illustrations alone." The story is imaginative and cute, and even mentions a couple of Scarlatti's contemporaries (Bach and Handel). The only thing I wasn't thrilled about is that Scarlatti's pride causes him to give away Pulcinella at the end. It was handled a little nonchalantly, and I wasn't comfortable with the disposable animal attitude this implied (unintentionally, I'm sure). However, C seemed satiated by the story's suggestion that Pulcinella was adopted into another home and continued to express herself creatively... and she asked me to read it again, which is always a thumbs up vote! I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Scarlatti's Cat Author: Nathaniel Lachenmeyer Illustrator: Carlyn Beccia Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group Published: 3-1-2014 ISBN: 9780761354727 E-Book: B00HNXBZUG Pages: 40 Genre: Children's Fiction Tags: History, Animals Overall Rating: Excellent Reviewed For: NetGalley Reviewer: DelAnne Domenico Scarlatti was a composer of some beautiful music, but did you ever hear about his lovely, cat Pulcinella? This is their story. Pulcinella would lay basking in the sun's rays as Scarlatti composed his music on his favorite instrument, the harpsichord. As Pulcinella slept she dreamed of composing her own music, but Scarlatti's biggest rule was no one touched his harpsichord, ever. That is until the day Pulcinella spied a mouse. With some beautiful graphics and a story that elevates each other. This is a book that will entertain a young reader as it imparts a mini history lesson. I read it with my seven year old nephews and enjoyed it as much as they did. With the colorful and bold illustrations to catch their eye and the delightful story to hold their interest, Scarlatti's Cat was a definite winner with the boys.
book4children More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up because I liked the cover illustration. I read it to my kids several times and they really liked it. It's about a music composer who has a cat that also loves to compose music. The cat never gets the chance to actually play any of her music until one day when she accidentally falls onto the harpsichord. What follows is kind of funny, kind of sad, and totally believable if the situation were real. It's an entertaining story, but I did wish that it had ended differently. I wanted more closure with Samarthi. I also wanted him to have a different reaction to his cat's skills. The illustrations are what initially drew me to the book. The colors are warm and atmospheric. They give the feel of the time period while still maintaining a modern style that will appeal to children. There are some drawing problems in a couple of illustrations, but in general, I liked them. My kids liked them too, and that is the most important thing.