Jake the Philharmonic Dog

By Karen LeFrak; Marcin Baranski (Illustrator)
(Walker & Company, Hardcover, 9780802795526, 32pp.)

Publication Date: August 22, 2006

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Like most dogs, Jake loves playing fetch. Unlike most dogs, Jake loves music even more. He loves to wag his tail to the beat of an ordinary day and "sing" with the birds. When his friend Richie, the principal stagehand at the Philharmonic, brings Jake to work one day, Jake is treated to a lesson in real music. He "woofs " to the tweeting woodwinds and "ruffs " to the deep horns, but when he hears the entire symphony orchestra practice, he knows to be quiet and "listen." And when a crisis develops at that night's performance, Jake steps onstage and steals the show.

Inspired by the real-life mascot of the New York Philharmonic, "Jake the Philharmonic Dog" is a pitch-perfect introduction to the different sounds and instruments of the orchestra.

About the Author
Karen LeFrak is a philanthropic New Yorker involved in many charitable endeavors in the city and state, including being an active member of the New York Philharmonic Board of Directors. She is an avid dog-lover, breeding and showing champion poodles. Karen and two of her retired champion poodles visit pediatric units in hospitals to provide animal-assisted therapy. She is married to Richard LeFrak, President of the LeFrak Organization, and they have two sons, Harrison and James. Together they divide their time between Manhattan and Southampton, with their flock of poodles. Karen will be donating her proceeds from this book to the New York Philharmonic.
Marcin Baranski doesn't own a dog yet, but after completing this book, he thinks that one might be the perfect addition to his new garden. Over the past six years, he has a become well-known illustrator for "Cosmopolitan "magazine. Marcin is an illustrator and a painter, and he lives in Krakow, Poland, with his wife and son. This is Marcin's first children's book.

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