Learn About the Opera in New Children’s Book

Posted November 27, 2023 by Richetta in Book Reviews, Children's Books, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

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Learn About the Opera in New Children’s BookWelcome to the Opera by Carolyn Sloan
Illustrator: Kaly Quarles
Published by Workman Publishing Company on October 10, 2023
Genres: Children's Theater Books
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover
Source: Workman Publishing
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From the author of Welcome to the Symphony and Welcome to Jazz, this musical picture book introduces children to opera with 12 sound interactive buttons and an illustrated performance of Mozart's The Magic Flute.

Join three adorable dogs for a performance of Mozart's beloved masterpiece The Magic Flute in this illustrated introduction to opera--with 12 sound buttons! As the story unfolds readers learn about the essential parts of opera--voice parts like soprano and tenor; vocal techniques like recitative and melisma; arias, the orchestra, the chorus, sets, costumes, plot, and more.

Plus, 12 interactive sound buttons let readers hear examples of the musical concepts as they read: a soprano sings a heartfelt aria, a powerful bass sings recitative, and the chorus harmonizes during the dramatic finale!

Welcome to the Opera is the third title in music educator Carolyn Sloan's successful Welcome to... sound chip picture book series that introduces classic musical genres to young readers.

Book Review

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Learning about music is fun, but interacting with music while you are learning is even better! 

Welcome to the Opera by Carolyn Sloan and illustrated by Kaly Quarles is a fun, dynamic and interactive book. It will introduce children and their families to the music both vocal and instrumental of the opera. If that is something you’ve never thought possible, then I must encourage you to check out this book!

The author uses Mozart’s The Magic Flute as a means of introducing children to the opera. If you are an opera novice like myself, you will appreciate all of the definitions spread throughout the story right along with your young reader. The reader gets to watch the opera next to three little dogs who are also watching it. They provide the audience commentary and common questions that may come up from someone watching an opera for the first time. I loved this set up, because the dogs ask questions like, does a really low voice mean that person is a villain? Questions like that encourage children to engage deeper with the story and how the music and singing plays a major roles in telling the story and providing characterization. 

As you read and learn about The Magic Flute, readers have a chance to hear samples of various voice types, instruments and more. The sounds are coordinated by numbers throughout the book. So for the super excited and curious reader, they will want to push all of the buttons right away. However, once you read the story the music samples will have way more impact to them as they connect them with the different parts of the opera. 

Holiday Gift Alert!

If you are looking for a holiday gift for a younger reader or family in your life, consider Welcome to the Opera! You can also explore more of Carolyn Sloan’s interactive books, Welcome to Jazz and Welcome to the Symphony. Learn more about the author here: https://www.carolynsloan.com/

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