Carnival of the Animals with CD by Judith Chernaik
Poems Inspired by Saint-Saëns' Music

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A 55-minute CD of music and poetry included inside!

Ladies and gentlemen, take your seats for CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS! Tap your feet, clap your hands, let the words flow and the music swell, and allow these poems and pictures to transport you. Inspired by Saint-Saëns’ famous "zoological fantasy," this magnificent book combines specially commissioned work by thirteen acclaimed modern poets with bold and glorious illustrations by Satoshi Kitamura.

The accompanying fifty-five-minute CD, performed by the Apollo Chamber Orchestra, features a reading of each of the fourteen poems followed by the appropriate musical passage, beautifully evoking for young listeners each of the animals in Saint-Saëns’ famous 1886 fantasy for two pianos and orchestra. Exciting poems by an international array of poets and riotous images by the award-winning Satoshi Kitamura illustrate CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS by Camille Saint-Saëns.

About Judith Chernaik

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James Berry is the author of picture books, poetry collections, and novels, including Ajeemah and His Son. He was born and raised in Jamaica and now lives in Brighton, England. Judith Chernaik is the founder of London's popular Poems on the Underground. In 2002, she was named an Honorary Officer of the British Empire for services to literature. Satoshi Kitamura was born in Tokyo and worked in advertising there before moving to London in 1980. He won the UK's acclaimed "Mother Goose" Award for ANGRY ARTHUR and he is now one of the most distinguished illustrators in Britain, having created over 20 books for children.
Published March 14, 2006 by Candlewick. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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From James Berry's grand "Lion," "staring with fearless look / Wild beast outdoing all," to Kit Wright's annoyed hens, who dismiss the proud cock as "just a feathered fathead / With a very silly walk!" the 13 new, short poems here echo the general tone of each section in Saint-Saëns's ever-p...

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Chernaik invited a dozen poets (she pens one poem herself, and Gerard Benson authors two) to respond to composer Saint-Saëns' 1886 "zoological fantasy" (a 55-minute CD, performed by the Apollo Chamber Orchestra, includes a reading of the 14 poems followed by the corresponding musical passages).

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