The Very Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

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Published by DK Children

By Tim Lihoreau, Philip Noyce

Illustrated by Olga Baumert

RRP: $29.99

"For the music-loving child in your life, this glorious book is ideal to give them. As Ava and Jayden go on a beautiful journey, they are not only inspired by the picturesque scenes set out before them, but each one is accompanied by a particular instrument. Watch your child's face light up as they press buttons revealing wonderful sounds from the likes of the ute, oboe, trumpet and clarinet - all classical pieces you both might recognise. A wonderful way to introduce children to an orchestra."

Woman's Weekly

"This really is a joy to behold, and the perfect title to use as an opener to music lessons."

Teach Primary

"This book immediately sparked mine and Nora and Jonas' interest. The beautiful illustrations are super inviting, the story enchanting, taking the reader on a musical adventure with interactive music to press and play. It's a fabulous learning tool too about musical instruments, parts of an orchestra, the entire ensemble, composers and musical compositions. Highly recommend this book for any musical interested children and will most certainly purchase it as the perfect gift for friends and family. Nora loved everything about this book - the colour, the beautiful music played, and the journey of the story. Highly recommended!"

The Green Parent

About The Very Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

Discover the main instruments of the orchestra accompanied by 10 sound clips of child-friendly famous pieces, including Lark Ascending, Flight of the Bumblebee, Carnival of the Animals, Children's Intermezzo Suite, and more.

Featuring 10 different sound buttons throughout the book that play 10-second clips of famous classical pieces performed by a live orchestra. Parents and carers - save the batteries, and your patience, with an on/off switch for the musical sounds located on the left of the back cover.

Tune up and take your seat - the orchestra is about to begin!

Introduce the maestro-in-making in your life to orchestral music. Follow Ava and Jayden on a magical journey as they discover the instruments of the orchestra and explore beautiful scenes inspired by the music. Young readers can discover instruments from the violin to the trumpet, and learn about the composers and their dazzling pieces. The spreads tell the story of the classical tune, while the sound button brings it to life.

Discover 10 famous classic pieces appropriate for children, including:

- Williams’ The Lark Ascending;
- Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals
- Rossini’s William Tell
- Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee
- Handel’s Messiah
- Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake
- Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue
- Strauss’ Sunrise
- Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4
- Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor.

Ideal for young fans of classical music aged 4-7 years and those beginning to learn an instrument, The Very Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra is guaranteed to amaze and inspire. The story text leads you through magical scenes inspired by the orchestra and music with easy-to-read rhymes pulled out for younger readers and fascinating fact boxes to reinforce learning. The easy press buttons play 10 seconds of music each.