Welcome to the Symphony by Carolyn Sloan is a lovely, interactive book that gives you the opportunity to introduce young readers to the world of classical music. This book has colorful, child friendly illustrations by James Williamson, snippets of information about Beethoven, and information on various parts of a symphony.
There is a story line as there are three cute little mice enjoying the symphony and their conversation helps explain what's going on in the larger illustrations. Numbered selections allow youngsters to hear the definition and background of various musical instruments. Once the reading is complete, little hands can push the corresponding number to hear the musical instrument, theme, melody and harmony in addition to parts of Beethoven's 5th Symphony.
In the back of the book there is a section entitled "Raising a Child to Love Classical Music". This section offers tips on ways to work classical music into daily activities like car rides and nature walks. Also in the back is a very brief biography on Ludwig Van Beethoven.
My 10 year old enjoyed the snippets of Beethoven's 5th symphony. She spent a lot of time playing it (over and over and...) and in doing so choreographed a little ballet to it. So, even so the book is geared towards the younger crowd, the older kids may enjoy this as well.
My only criticism was that when the book arrived, even though it was shrink wrapped, the sound pad on the ride side was no longer attached to the book. This was easily fixed with my hot glue gun, but still I expected it to be intact.
Welcome to the Symphony can be purchased at Amazon and at Barnes & Noble.
I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions expressed are strictly my own. I was not required to write a positive review, nor did I receive any compensation for my review.