ORCHESTRANIMALS by Vlasta & Irene C. Eugen van Kampen


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I need players to bow/players to blow/and players to hit to the beat. . .And where is Crash?"" repeats the penguin conductor as the rest of his orchestra trickles in one by one to add to the cacophony--and to divulge such relevant facts as that the water plant carried by the duck oboeist is used to make his reed. The instruments are realistically portrayed; the engaging beasts are remarkably deft satires of their human counterparts, while the pairings of animal and instrument are visually delightful and lend themselves to some nifty wordplay. Moreover, the two talented Canadians responsible for this unusual group clearly know their music; they slip in discreet, instructive captions while wonderfully conveying the orderly disorder of the process of tuning up. An entertaining picture book that is also an unusual, good-humored introduction to the orchestra.

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1990
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Scholastic