Violins, pipas, and bobres, oh my! Delve into these stories that feature musical instruments, from classical orchestra staples to the traditional Chinese erhu or African bobre. Learn the history behind these instruments, meet the people who have mastered them, and listen to them on the accompanying album. Don’t forget to also check out our teaching resources for guides and activity sheets such as, “Draw the Pipa” and “African Instruments.” Maestro Evarista’s Orchestra Maestro Evarista is a conductor in search of an orchestra. With a heavy cart full of instruments —such as a trumpet, ukelele, cymbals, clarinet, and harp—the little lizard sets out to find musicians. Bookshop | Shop Local (Canada) | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indigo The Four Seasons of the Pipa On a cold winter night, a young girl dreams of visiting her faraway grandfather in China as her mother plays the pipa. The heartwarming story is accompanied by 11 recordings by world-renowned pipa master Liu Fang. Bookshop | Shop Local (Canada) | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indigo My Music Box Discover dreamlike worlds imagined by renowned classical composers for the piano. On the accompanying album, Ludmila Berlinskaïa and Arthur Ancelle perform 20 miniature movements for two- and four-hand piano. Bookshop | Shop Local (Canada) | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indigo That’s My Piano, Sir! This first story in our Little Stories of Great Composers series tells the tale of young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who once performed the piano for a tired customs officer while on his way to a concert in Vienna. Bookshop | Shop Local (Canada) | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indigo Songs on the Vanilla Trail Learn about traditional instruments such as the tube zither, the kayamb, the bobre, the segakordeon, and ravanne drums in this collection of lullabies and nursery rhymes from East and Southern Africa. Bookshop | Shop Local (Canada) | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indigo Summer Moonlight Concert One hot summer evening, when the power goes out in their apartment, Xiaomi convinces her parents to play a concert. As her father plays the erhu and her mother the accordion, their neighbours join them. Bookshop | Shop Local (Canada) | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indigo We Are All Ears Travel back in time to a luthier’s workshop where a little girl catches Niccolò Paganini’s most cherished violin in midair and saves it from imminent destruction. Filled with gratitude, he performs a piece to thank her. Bookshop | Shop Local (Canada) | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indigo Listen to the Birds It may come as no surprise that birds have inspired numerous compositions for the flute, among other instruments found in this collection of classical music that features works by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and Vivaldi. Bookshop | Shop Local (Canada) | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indigo Rockin' the Bayou Down in Louisiana! Take a trip to the bayou in this side-splitting, toe-tapping tale that features the dobro and pays homage to Louisiana’s Cajun and Zydeco music traditions. Bookshop | Bookmanager | Barnes & Noble | Amazon Watch the animated read-aloud of That’s My Piano, Sir! with narration by Colm Feore. Discover The Secret Mountain’s entire catalogue here. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter to stay informed about our new releases, events and for a chance to win our subscriber giveaway. To order books for your library or bookstore, please contact Independent Publishers Group (United States), Hornblower Books/University of Toronto Press (Canada), and MMS/BookSource (United Kingdom). For additional information, email email@example.com.