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The Story Orchestra: The Planets

Part of the The Story Orchestra series
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Discover the spellbinding magic of The Planets in this musical reimagining of one of Host’s most famous suites.Push the button on each beautiful scene to hear the vivid sound of an orchestra playing from Holst’s score. This tale is about a brother and sister who adventure deep into our solar system.

Our story begins one night as Helen and Tim get ready for bed in their new space rocket bunk beds… but sleep will have to wait as they magically blast up, up, up into the glittering night sky, leaving planet Earth far below them.  Helen and Tim journey here, there and everywhere through our majestic solar system.

They soar past the cold rocky surface of Mars as it rises into towering peaks and plunges into deep canyons and glide through a bumpy asteroid belt made of icy rocks.

They blast deeper into our solar system, exploring the dazzling stars and astounding planets along the way.  But now it really is time to head home! As the rocket speeds towards Earth, Tim and Helen watch the sun rise over their planet.   As you and your little one journey through the magical scenes, you will press the buttons to hear 10 excerpts from the score.

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, Gustav Holst, with details about his composition of The Planets.

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. Also available from the Story Orchestra series: The Magic Flute, I Can Play (vol 1), In the Hall of the Mountain King, 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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Product Details
0711289174 / 9780711289178
Digital (delivered electronically)
07/11/2023
United Kingdom
24 pages