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The Story Orchestra: Swan Lake: Press the note to hear Tchaikovsky's music (Volume 4) (The Story Orchestra, 4) Hardcover – Sound Book, October 1, 2019
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This tale of a prince, a beautiful swan princess and an evil sorcerer begins in a woodland clearing far, far away. It is Prince Siegfried’s 21st birthday. He is playing games with his friends when his mother, the Queen, arrives to tell him he needs to stop having fun and start looking after the kingdom. Prince Siegfried dreams of running away.
He follows an enchanting flock of swans to a clearing by a lake, where four of the little cygnets begin to dance. The most beautiful swan transforms into the Princess Odette, who tells him that she has been cursed to turn into a swan by day and return to her natural form at night by the evil sorcerer Von Rothbart. As the prince and Odette dance, they begin to fall in love.
The story follows Prince Siegfried as he attends his birthday party, is tricked into proposing to Von Rothbart’s daughter Odile and returns to the lake to battle the evil sorcerer. Will the prince be reunited with his swan princess?
As you and your little one journey through the magical scenes, you will press the buttons to hear 10 excerpts from the ballet’s music. Readers should press firmly on the pages to activate the sounds, encouraging interactive learning and introducing children to this beautiful piece of music.
At the back of the book, find a short biography of the composer, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, with details about his composition of Swan Lake. Next to this, you can replay the musical excerpts and, for each of them, read a discussion of the instruments, rhythms and musical techniques that make them so powerful. A glossary defines musical terms.
The Story Orchestra series brings classical music to life for children through gorgeously illustrated retellings of classic ballet, opera, and program music stories paired with 10-second sound clips of orchestras playing from their musical scores. With The Story Orchestra keyboard sound books, children can play the famous melodies themselves with the sound of a real grand piano.
Also available from the Story Orchestra series: The Magic Flute, I Can Play (vol 1), Carnival of the Animals, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, and Four Seasons in One Day.
Manufacturer’s note: please pull the white tab out of the back of the book before use. Sound buttons require a firm push in exact location to work, which may be hard for young children. All sound clips are 10 seconds long.
The perfect primer to introduce children to classical music.
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This is the story of a prince, a swan princess, and an evil sorcerer. It all begins in a woodland clearing, far, far away. It is Prince Siegfried’s 21st birthday and he is playing games with his friends.
Discover the spellbinding magic of Swan Lake in this musical retelling of the ballet – push the button on each beautiful scene to hear the vivid sound of an orchestra playing from Tchaikovsky’s score.
Siegfried comes to a halt among the trees. The leaves sway in the evening breeze, parting to reveal glimpses of a shimmering lake. The swans gather around the water and, as the sun sets, they become more and more lifelike. The lake seems to hum with music and four of the little cygnets begin to dance.
Siegfried runs after Odette. He explains the trick and promises Odette she is the one he loves. Odette is beside herself. Now Siegfried has promised his love to another, the curse cannot be broken. But Siegfried has an idea... They hatch a plan to defeat the evil sorcerer once and for all. Rothbart must be stopped!
Rothbart and Odile fly off into the sky. It is now streaked with shades of orange and peach: a warning sign that dawn is coming. But, for the first time in many sunrises, Odette remains human. The curse has been lifted. She hugs Siegfried and they walk, hand-in-hand, back to the castle, ready to begin their lives together.
|The Story Orchestra: Four Seasons in One Day||The Story Orchestra: The Nutcracker||The Story Orchestra: The Sleeping Beauty||The Story Orchestra: Swan Lake||The Story Orchestra: Carnival of the Animals||Story Orchestra: The Magic Flute|
|Learn More||Discover what it would be like to travel through the four seasons in one day, following a little girl called Isabelle and her dog, Pickle, as they take on the adventure of a lifetime.||Follow Clara on a magical Christmas adventure in this musical retelling of The Nutcracker ballet—push the button on each beautiful scene to hear the vivid sound of an orchestra playing from Tchaikovsky’s score.||Set to the sound of Tchaikovsky's original music, this favorite ballet story features a a musical note to press on each spread.||Discover the spellbinding magic of Swan Lake in this musical retelling of the ballet – push the button on each beautiful scene to hear the vivid sound of an orchestra playing from Tchaikovsky’s score.||The next title in this best-selling sound series reimagines Carnival of the Animals, one of the most famous suites of music for children, by Camille Saint-Saëns.||The story follows Prince Tamino as he breaks into the Sun King’s palace, charms the court with his magic flute, and gets caught by the guards.|
About the Author
Jessica Courtney Tickle is an illustrator who graduated from Kingston University in July 2014. Her absolute favorite thing to draw or paint is nature, finding a focus on foliage of any kind as well as children's stories about adventure and exploration. She also has a penchant for drawing theater from music makers to dancers and even singing animals. Jessica is most influenced by vintage picture books, travel posters, and folk art as well as numerous painters and printmakers.
Katy Flint is an author, editor, and musician, based in London. She studied violin at the University of Southampton, before moving into children's books. She is the author of the much-loved Story Orchestra series, and has worked on many other non-fiction titles – from human bodies to dinosaurs. She connects with people all around the globe on her Intro to Children’s Publishing course. Find her on Instagram: @katy_flint
- Publisher : Frances Lincoln Children's Books; New edition (October 1, 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 24 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0711241503
- ISBN-13 : 978-0711241503
- Reading age : 3 - 7 years, from customers
- Grade level : Kindergarten - 4
- Item Weight : 1.15 pounds
- Dimensions : 10.8 x 1.3 x 12.2 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #11,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on June 8, 2021
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The funny thing with the discrepancy in reviews on this subject is that adults can’t objectively judge volume level. Those that say it isn’t loud likely have hearing loss - I know that I’m always the first adult in a group to complain that something is too loud. Children have more sensitive hearing just because it hasn’t been damaged yet, which leads me to this question: are these books intended for children or for older adults? If the former, the volume is unacceptably loud.
These books are so helpful in instilling love for classical music, and most importantly a deep understanding of musicality. My wife and I are music teachers and this is a chief goal in parenting our daughter. We love how these books help her learn and discover through art and music; and we could scarcely be happier at having discovered this great resource for our family and music studio!
We excitedly preordered the newest book and enthusiastically hope the author and illustrator continue this superb series to include more of the wonderful stories, imagery, and wonder to be found within the classical repertoire!
The story retelling is clumsy, rushed, and lacks any sort of magic or charm. For a story like Swan Lake, this is so disappointing.
The buttons are impossible for a young child to press because the design of the book requires a lot of force to engage the buttons. When you do manage to engage the buttons, only a few seconds of the music plays. I would have liked enough music to at least finish reading the short retelling on each page.
Honestly, I am just so disappointed.
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That said my girl loves all of the Story Orchestra books, and I’d recommend them, they are definitely nice enough to be gifts. The pictures are beautifully detailed for children to enjoy by themselves and the stories are pitched at just the right level for pre-schoolers. (And possibly also early readers I wouldn’t know?)
-music didn’t work-Amazon replacement today - music didn’t work-I spoke again to Amazon refunded me immediately-I not only have bought the same The Orchestra Story -Swan Lake but another of the series -hope it works-buy this book amazing book