Using one of the most famous works in classical music—Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony—here is the
perfect way to introduce a young child to the world of classical music. This charming and interactive
picture book with its panel of 19 sound buttons is like a ticket to a concert hall, taking readers on a
journey from the exciting first moment when the musicians begin tuning up to the end of the first
movement (attention newcomers: don’t clap yet!). At each step of the way, readers learn the basics
of classical music and the orchestra: What is a conductor? What is a symphony? Who was
Beethoven? The different aspects of music: melody, harmony, tempo, theme. And the families of
instruments—strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion.
But the best part is that every critical idea is illustrated in gorgeous sound. The sound panel allows
readers to hear the different parts of the symphony and voices of the music—the famous beginning
of the Fifth, what a clarinet sounds like, the difference between a violin and a viola, what a melody
is, and what harmony is. Kids will want to match their voices to the A note that tunes the orchestra,
dance to the rhythmic passages—and, of course, sing along to da-da-da-daah!