Tuesday, June 12, 2012

I got the music in me (and in some books, too)

VIVALDI'S FOUR SEASONS by Anna Harwell Celenza with illustrations by JoAnn Kitchel (and a CD of the recording) (Charlesbridge 2012) tells of the composition of one of Vivaldi's most famous works. Vivaldi was the music instructor in an orphanage of girls. He trained them to play and wrote compositions for them as well. When he was fired from his job, he traveled and was inspired to write Spring. Invited back to the orphanage, he told the girls the story behind the composition. Others followed. In addition to the CD, an appendix has the four sonnets written by Vivaldi that convey the inspiration for his music. <321>

IT'S RAINING, IT'S POURING is based on the song by Peter, Paul, and Mary. Illustrations by Christine Davenier (Imagine 2012) and an accompanying CD of the trip singing this song make for a multi-modal reading experience. What a terrific way to introduce a new generation to the talents of Peter, Paul and Mary! <322>

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