Friday, October 24, 2014

Scarlatti’s Cat by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer - ADVISABLE

Lachenmeyer, Nathaniel Scarlatti’s Cat, illustrated by Carlyn Beccia.  PICTURE BOOK.  Carolrhoda (Lerner), 2014.  $17.  

Scarlatti may be a famous composer, but his cat Pulcinella dreams of also writing beautiful music.  One day she finally gets her paws on Scarlatti’s harpsichord and her composition flabbergasts the composer, who knows that he can’t credit his cat with the composition.  
Of course a cat never wrote a pre ice of classical music, but many composers have been inspired by nature - even their cats.  Very cute for story time, and can be accompanied by Scarlatti’s Cat Fuge and other classical excerpts to help students visualize musical influences.  I could even see the youngest students imitating animals during different pieces.

EL (K-3) - ADVISABLE. Cindy - Library Teacher

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