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St. Cecilia's Orchestra

Artist/Authors: Br. Michael O'Neill McGrath, OSFS; Alan Hommerding
Format: Hardcover Book with Dust Jacket
Product: 017348
ISBN: 978-1-58459-475-8
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2010 Moonbeam Children's Book Award Silver Medalist Winner!!!!

A whimsical, delightful, and dazzling book for children and adults, sprung from the imagination of artist Brother Michael O'Neill McGrath and poet-composer Alan Hommerding.

Join St. Cecilia on her exciting and colorful journey across the world (and beyond) as she gathers together a group of extraordinary musicians for her heavenly orchestra. Learn about familiar instruments (piano, trumpet, and flute) and not-so-familiar instruments (kora, zukra, and the didgeridoo!), while visiting the fascinating spaces and places where the music of all God's children resounds!
Topic:  Children
"Read this book aloud!” the authors suggest, and, “Listen for the music in the words.”  I took that advice, and it really made the reading fun.  ...McGrath’s inventive artwork  and Hommerding’s imaginative poetry both create an atmosphere conducive to enjoying and appreciating learning about music and instruments and how they add to the praise of God. The book ends up being quite a teaching tool about instruments from around the world and how they praise God and his creation. But the music makers and beat keepers from around the world and across the continents that the authors bring to our attention — and show us how they look — ought to help  everyone realize the many, many ways to celebrate the gifts and the goodness of God.  Whether it’s the horns, the reeds, the strings or the percussion, all the pieces in the choir gathered by the patron saint of musicians are examples of how people all over the planet have used their God-given gifts to create sounds that add so much to life and reflect the wonder of the heavenly creator.  – Bob Zyskowski

Poetic lyrics, vivid pictures, and imaginative sounds fill this amazing book.  St. Cecilia's Orchesra inspires children and adults to celebrate the joy of life and creation in song and music. - Nancy Lorraine, Senior Reviewer of The Midwest Book Review

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Age:  Children &Youth; Adults
Copyright:  Copyright © 2010, World Library Publications

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