Hello friends! Our book today is The Story Orchestra: Four Seasons In One Day by Jessica Courtney-Tickle, and featuring the music (yes, music!) of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, telling the story of a little girl experiencing the change of the seasons.
When Isabelle and her puppy Pickle set out in the morning, spring has sprung. Birds are in the air, flowers are in bloom, and her little apple tree is blossoming. As the day goes on, spring brightens and fades into summer, then a brisk summer storm leads the way into the harvest colors of fall. By the time she makes her way home, snowy winter has set in and covered the world in gleaming ice. And as the seasons have passed, they’ll begin again, accompanied by the beautiful music they inspire.
This was a fantastic interactive book that combined lessons about the seasons, a lovely sample of classical music, and some drop-dead gorgeous illustrations to create a rich educational experience. Each page has a “button” that plays an excerpt from a different movement of The Four Seasons to accompany the season shown on the page, detailed in vibrant and intricate art filled with nature, people and creatures that create tons of visual interest for little ones. It also includes a brief bio of Vivaldi and glossary of classical music terms in the back. While the story is paced a bit slowly for very little bookworms, the art is so colorful and finely detailed that JJ was more than happy to examine each page even after I had finished the paragraph. This is a wonderful book that weaves together a lot of topics and learning opportunities, and we absolutely loved it! Definitely Baby Bookworm approved!