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My First Classical Music Book
by Genevieve Helsby

68 pages
13-digit ISBN: 978-1-84379-118-8
Full-colour illustrated book
Includes CD & website

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This vibrant book, with over sixty pages of amusing illustrations and music on a bonus audio CD and on a special webpage, offers young children a supreme introduction to classical music.

My First Classical Music Book is a delightfully colourful introduction to classical music, designed to fire the imagination of children aged 5–7 years. Readers are asked to think about the different places in which we might hear music. Then, each of the major composers and musical instrument families are introduced and brought to life in a vivid and enchanting way. Throughout the book, children are referred to the tracks on the CD or online – however they prefer to listen – so that they can hear examples as they read. This is the most exceptional book of its kind, providing an absorbing experience for both eyes and ears.

  • An interactive and original approach that makes learning fun
  • 60 attractively designed pages with amusing animal characters – children will discover something new and quirky every time they pick up the book


“Classical music is much-embattled at school, but gets a lift-off from Naxos’s excellent and timely My First Classical Music Book, which includes a CD with great pieces by Mozart, Beethoven, Handel and modern composers such as John Williams…the linking of simple text to CD tracks is helpful, and the cartoon s are good fun for 7–9s.”
– Amanda Craig, The Times, 14 February 2009

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