Playing by the book

Reviews of kids' books and the crazy, fun stuff they inspire us to do

Stories in Tune – Swan Lake – Part 1

Welcome to the sixth post in our mini-series here on Playing by the book – Stories in tune – all about picture books inspired by classical music. In the last month or so we’ve been listening to Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky, doing a fair bit of dancing, and of course reading some lovely books. Ella […]

Stories in tune – The Firebird, part 2

In my previous post I discussed the books M, J and I have been reading about various incarnations of the Firebird, as a way in to listening (and dancing) to Stravinsky’s ballet The Firebird. In between and after readings we enjoyed several clips of the ballet or the music on YouTube including these: Firebird: Nina […]

Stories in Tune – The Firebird, part 1

Welcome to the third post in our mini-series here on Playing by the book – Stories in tune – all about picture books inspired by classical music. This month we listened to Stravinsky’s ballet, The Firebird. Stravinsky’s Firebird draws on several Russian folk tales, though there is no single folk tale which exactly mirrors the […]

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