Orchestra – Avalon Nuovo, illustrated by David Doran

 Orchestra – Avalon Nuovo, illustrated by David Doran, Flying Eye Books, (9781912497867), 2019

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4

What did you like about the book? Readers are given a great introduction to the orchestra in three sections.  The Orchestra section covers the players, the arrangement of the orchestra, the String, Woodwind, Brass and Percussion sections, an up close look at an instrument from each section and how it works, vocalists, and the acoustics of a concert hall.  The section titled The Music and Its Makers takes a look at reading and composing music, the history of music through a look at five varied composers through history and their works : Hildegard of Bingen, Antonio Vivaldi, Amy Beach, Gustav Holst and Duke Ellington.  A “Hall of Fame” introduces six more composers. The final section “”Beyond the Concert Hall” introduces the mythology of music, opera, ballet, composing for musical theater and/or cinema, the orchestra and technology, and how readers can get involved in music. A glossary and index are included.  The illustrations in a bold graphic style perfectly complement the informative text.  

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a good choice for teaching young readers about the orchestra.  A good read for children thinking of taking up an instrument or planning a concert outing.

Who should buy this book?  Public Libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? 785

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:  11/1/19          


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