Author: James Rhodes
Illustrator: Martin O’Neill
Publisher: Candlewick Studio, 2019
Themes: Music, classical music, masterworks
Full title: Playlist: The Rebels and Revolutionaries of Sound
Summary: (from my library catalog) “Open your mind to some of the most breathtaking and magnificent pieces of music ever created, and find out why the rebels and revolutionaries who wrote them are responsible for every track on your phone today. Discover their backstories and how each one shaped and defined classical music. Learn about the structure of an orchestra, the language of music, and the history of musical periods. With jaw-dropping artwork and avant-garde design, this visually exquisite celebration of classical music is a surefire hit for both first-time listeners and longtime fans. Budding aficionados will appreciate the online playlist featuring James Rhodes’s favorite selections.”
I like this book because: it’s stunning, like old album covers, and it’s an enthralling intro to classical music. Recently friends been surprised to find out that I play classical music in my car. Really loud too! I realize not as many grew up in a household in which that is pretty much all we were allowed to listen to (when Dad was home!), but I was surprised that I am the “only friend that listens to it in the car”! So I though I would share this book in hopes that others might also get the bug! Classical rocks!
Resources/activities: listen to all the masters introduced in the book, after reading each chapter. That’s it! I don’t want to push it, I want others to love classical too!
For more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.