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Little Creatures
Little Creatures

Little Creatures

An Introduction to Classical Music



62 Pages, 8.25 x 8

Formats: Hardcover Picture Book

Hardcover Picture Book, $16.95 (US $16.95) (CA $22.95)

Publication Date: September 2019

ISBN 9782924774557

Rights: US & CA

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Price: $16.95


Introducing kids to the likes of Beethoven, Ravel, and Prokofiev by demonstrating how insects have inspired the composers

The works of Beethoven, Ravel, Prokofiev and others are introduced to children by demonstrating how insects, arachnids and amphibians, such as spiders, wasps, butterflies, frogs and snakes, have inspired the composers. An original and exciting way for younger listeners to discover awe-inspiring classical music, this book pairs five centuries of music history with stunning and evocative illustrations of these fascinating little creatures. A glossary of musical terms and a short biography of each composer are included along with a CD (plus a unique code for the digital download) of 20 excerpts from various recordings performed by world-class luminaries, including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Liverpool Philharmonic and the Nashville Symphony.


"An ambitious feast for the senses." — Kirkus Reviews

"'Little Creatures: An Introduction to Classical Music' is a fascinating collections of classical music selection about insects, frogs, spiders, snakes, and butterflies. Illuminations of each selection and background about the composers are provided by Ana Gerhard, an accomplished pianist and music educator. Stunning illustrations portray each species represented in the style of the musical selection, showing delicacy, accuracy, such as the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Liverpool Philharmonic, and the Nashville Symphony, include the following: 'The Tale of Tsar Saltan/ Flight of the Bumblebee,' by Rimsky Korsakov, 'He spake the word, and there came all manner of flies.../ Israel in Egypt,' by Handel, 'From the Diary of a Fly/ Mikrokosmos,' by Bartok, 'Overture/ The Wasps,' by R. Vaughan Williams, 'The Night's Music/ Out of Doors,' by Bartok, 'Music of Insects, Frogs and Toads/ The Child and the Spells,' by Maurice Ravel, 'The Frogs,' by Telemann, 'The Wandering Tadpole,' by Silvestre Revueltas, String Quartet opus 50, no. 6/ The Frog,' by Haydn, 'The Cricket,' by Josquin des Prez, 'March of the Grasshoppers/ Music for Children,' by Sergei Prokofiev, 'The Grasshopper,' by Benjamin Britten, 'Song of the Flea / Goethe's Faust,' by Beethoven, 'The Flea,' by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, 'Tarantella/ Bardic Sounds,' by Johann Kaspar Metz, 'The Spider in its Web/ The Spider's Feast,' by Albert Roussel, 'Entrance of the Ants/ The Spider's Feast,' by Roussel, 'The Butterflies,' by Couperin, 'Seven Butterflies, VI,' by Kaija Saariaho, and 'Sensemaya,' by Revueltas. In addition to the illuminations and illustrations of the 20 different selections, 'Little Creatures' contains a Listening Guide, with further explanation and description of the use of orchestral sounds and instruments, a list of the composers with a thumbnail portrait and biography, an extensive Glossary of Musical Terms, and a Timeline of Composers and Periods using shadings of color to distinguish composition eras and the composers' placements within the Renaissance through 20th Century eras (1450-2000). 'Little Creatures: An Introduction to Classical Music' is a fabulous find, and should not have its appeal limited to the juvenile audience only, although children ages 7-9 will undoubtedly enjoy it deeply." — Nancy Lorraine, Midwest Book Review

Author Biography

Ana Gerhard studied as a concert pianist at the Mexican National Conservatory. She has taught piano for several years and has hosted numerous radio programs dedicated to the promotion of classical music. Her previous works on introducing classical music to children, Listen to the Birds, Simply Fantastic, and Amazing Water, all received a Parents' Choice Award in the US.Mauricio Gómez Morín is a published illustrator of children's and young adult books who started out as a student at La Esmeralda in Mexico City before becoming a professor in the Graphic Design Department at the Metropolitan Autonomous University. He is considered today to be one of the most respected illustrators living in Mexico, having created several award-winning picture books over the past 25 years. He acted for many years as artistic director of the highly regarded publishing house Fondo de Cultura Económica and in 2016, was invited to be the official spokesperson for the 36th International Children's and Youth Book Fair in Mexico City.