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Amazing Water is Truly Amazing

Amazing Water: An Introduction to Classical Music

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My daughter and I listened to this CD in the car on our way to and from the mall, while she browsed through the book. Thankfully, the art work and explanatory notes in the book are clearly numbered, so she could easily find the illustration that matched each piece of music. She described the picture to me while we enjoyed the music. It was lovely. As you can see below, the illustrations are colorful and thought-provoking. Amazing Water: An Introduction to Classical Music comes out tomorrow, June 3rd. Enjoy it with the whole family!

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From Sugar Mountain PR:

Does classical music make you smarter? Maybe, maybe not. But people of all ages who want to learn something about a range of composers from the 17th century to modern times may enjoy this latest in the classical music picture book-CD series from The Secret Mountain.

Mexico City-based author and music educator Ana Gerhard introduces children (and their grown-ups) to the works of Handel, Bach, Schubert, Vivaldi, Beethoven, Debussy, and others by demonstrating how water—the sea, rivers, fountains, and rainfall—has inspired the composers. The book pairs three centuries of music history with colorful and evocative illustrations. The enclosed CD features 20 excerpts from various recordings performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, La Scala Chorus and Orchestra, and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Originally published in Mexico, this English-language edition is available in North America for the first time.

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Children’s Book/CD Review: “Sleep Softly”

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Thank you Sugar Mountain PR for my complimentary copy of Sleep Softly in exchange for this review.

My daughter and I are enjoying this music. We have yet to use it at bedtime, but have used it for afternoon relaxation and even some waltzing. At age three, she already has an appreciation for classical music and gets lost in slow, graceful movement. She recognizes the variations in the melodies and refers to one of the pieces as “the sneaky song”.

The book includes origins of the music, translations, and poetry. While it is not ideal for reading to a young child, the information can certainly be adapted and shared in language a child can understand. The illustrations are colorful and imaginative. My daughter liked them and had her own youthful interpretations.

“Mommy, this is The Nutcracker.”

 

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“He’s upside down. You have to turn the book around.”

 

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“Princesses. Blue princess. Green princess. Yellow princess. And that’s Jack!”

This book is an excellent gift for a baby shower, birthday, christening, and even for a mother during pregnancy. The soft and peaceful sounds would benefit both mom and baby. And it’s certainly never too early to learn the classics!

For more information about this lovely collection and a sample track, click here.