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Alligators and Music

4.46  ·  Rating Details ·  13 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
Whimsical animals introduce children--and fun loving adults --to all instruments.
Paperback, 78 pages
Published December 1st 1984 by Harvard Common Press,U.S.
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Shanna Gonzalez
Sep 24, 2009 Shanna Gonzalez rated it it was amazing
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For many small children (and some adults). understanding the symphony and its components ranks right up there with memorizing the state capitals. But Donald Elliot, in an outstanding creative endeavor, introduces young readers to each instrument with a captivating ink drawing of an alligator in 19th-Century formal dress, playing each instrument. The final two-page spread is a panorama of the orchestra on stage, preparing to play.

Each illustration is accompanied by a self-description from the ins
Jan 28, 2008 Kat rated it it was amazing
Absolutely brilliant Baroque alligators introduce the various sections of the symphony orchestra. Clinton Arrowood's illustrations are the perfect counterpoint to the droll and witty explanations. One of my favorites is the section on the cymbals - the little shoes, an Eastern delight and the addition of the fez, are exquisitely drawn down to the little holes for the claws. This book is just so fun and so witty - why does everything have to be analytically correct - alligators are a wonderful wa ...more
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