Simply Fantastic – An Introduction to Classical Music

Story and Songs Ana Gerhard Illustrations Claudia Legnazzi

BOOK The works of Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Verdi and others, are introduced to children through the magical beings from legends and classic tales—including gnomes, fairies, witches, goblins, elves and wizards—that inspired the composers. An original and interesting way for younger listeners to discover classical music, this book pairs three centuries of music history with stunning and evocative illustrations. A glossary of musical terms, a short biography of each composer, and a brief presentation of each extraordinary character are included.

MUSIC CD The accompanying CD features 20 excerpts from various recordings performed by world-class luminaries, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, La Scala Chorus and Orchestra, and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

Ages: 7 to 9 / Canadian and U.S. Pub Date: June 17, 2014


Mexico-based author Ana Gerhard studied as a concert pianist at the Mexican National Conservatory. She has taught piano for several years and has hosted numerous radio programs dedicated to the promotion of classical music. Ms. Gerhard is also the author of classical music guide, Listen to the Birds – An Introduction to Music.


Award-winning illustrator Claudia Legnazzi studied painting formally at the National School of Fine Arts in Prilidiano Avellaneda, Buenos Aires. For the past quarter century, she has focused on illustrating children's books where she took First Prize from the Argentina Book Chamber. She has also won the Grand Prize Contest NOMA book illustrations by Asia / Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO, and received a Special Jury Mention at the First Ever Children's Picture City of Alicante, Spain, for the book Cat Cat. Additional awards include the Argentina Book Chamber’s Album of the Year and Mexico’s International Prize for Illustrated Books. The Chihiro Art Museum of Japan has also included some of her work in their permanent collection. Ms. Legnazzi now resides in Mexico.

Press Quotes

Creatures of fantasy, folklore and religious tradition from the Fairy-Queen to the Firebird provide an intriguing introduction to classical music.
—Kirkus Review




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