Carnival of the Animals

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Carnival of the Animals

Classical Music for Kids [With CD]

By Camille Saint-Saens; Sue Williams (Illustrator); Barrie Carson Turner (Commentaries by)

Henry Holt & Company, Hardcover, 9780805061802, 48pp.

Publication Date: April 21, 1999


The animals are having a carnival, and the guests are arriving. There's the majestic lion, the braying mules, the dancing elephant, and the bouncy kangaroos. Even the fossils join in with a fast and rattly dance. Everyone is invited

Nearly 150 years ago, the composer Camille Saint-Saens was asked by his pupils to write a musical joke for them. He wrote the" Carnival of the Animals," a piece people enjoyed so much that it has now become one of Saint-Saens's most famous works.

This accessible commentary, in a picture-book format, helps children follow each section of Saint-Saens's classic piece while they listen to the CD. Whimsical illustrations, a simple text, and evocative melodies create an ideal introduction for young children to the world of classical music.

About the Author
Camille Saint-Saens contributed to Carnival of the Animals from Henry Holt and Co. (BYR).

Williams graduated from Brighton University in 1986 specializing in illustration and is now an established artist working from her north London studio.