Simply Fantastic: An Introduction to Classical Music (Hardcover)

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By Ana Gerhard, Claudia Legnazzi (Illustrator)
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Winner of:
Parents' Choice Gold Award
2014 National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Gold Award
A children’s guidebook to the fantastical characters and creatures found in classical music.
The works of Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Verdi, and others are introduced to children through the magical beings from legends and classic tales—including gnomes, fairies, witches, goblins, elves, and wizards—that inspired the composers. An original and interesting way for younger listeners to discover classical music, this book pairs three centuries of music history with stunning and evocative illustrations and includes a glossary of musical terms, a short biography of each composer, and a brief presentation of each extraordinary character. The accompanying CD features 20 excerpts from various recordings performed by world-class luminaries, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, La Scala Chorus and Orchestra, and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

About the Author

Ana Gerhard studied as a concert pianist at the Mexican National Conservatory. She has taught piano for several years and has hosted numerous radio programs dedicated to the promotion of classical music. She is the author of "Listen to the Birds." Claudia Legnazzi studied at the National Academy of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires and has illustrated children's books for the past 25 years. She has won numerous awards, including the Argentina Book Chamber's Album of the Year and Mexico's International Prize for Illustrated Books. Some of her work has been acquired by the Chihiro Art Museum of Japan and belongs to its permanent collection.

Praise For…

"Second in a series by a classically trained Mexican pianist that began with Listen to the Birds (2013), this will be welcomed by teachers, music-loving parents and their children." —Kirkus Reviews

"Beautifully illustrated, this entire series is a wonderful way to introduce young listeners to the world of classical music." —Christian Science Monitor

"Gerhard's books are thoughtfully crafted, incredibly written, compelling works that get kids excited about classical music." —Roni Shapira Ben-Yoseph,

"Simply Fantastic – An Introduction to Classical Music, will make a fan out of any type of music lover." —Georgette Gilmore, Barista Kids

"The artwork in this book, by award-winning illustrator Claudia Legnazzi, is downright stunning. The images are vivid and engaging, and bring the music to a whole other level especially for kids." —

"My 6 and 4 year olds are obviously younger than the recommended age, and thus some of the illustrations were a little intense for them (the witches, goblins, gnomes, etc.) but they still LOVED the book and CD!" —Carinn,

Product Details
ISBN: 9782924217214
ISBN-10: 2924217210
Publisher: The Secret Mountain
Publication Date: June 16th, 2014
Pages: 68
Language: English