Wednesday, 14 April 2010

The Four Seasons!

If you like books, cats and/ or classical music
this is a post for you.
Last night I read my favourite children's book to my son.
There's this series of books with stories inspired by classical music.

We've got 'Swan Lake', 'The Nutcracker' and
'The Four Seasons' and there's a CD with each book.

The story in 'The Four Seasons' book was written by Marco Simsa
and there's a CD with Vivaldi's masterpiece.
I tried to find an English edition on the internet for you, but failed.

In this story, we meet Minca, a little cat, and read about her life in her village through the changes of the four seasons with an emphasis on the sounds she hears.
Son and I both love it! We've been reading it since he was two, and now he can continue telling the story (the exact words) if I stop reading.

The illustrations are fabulous, don't you think?

The ones I chose to show you are -of course- from spring.

And now I'll let you enjoy the music.

Do you feel all refreshed and happy?
Good! Because I have a winner to my giveaway to announce:
Jane, you'll be receiving a parcel full of flowers from me soon!


marigold jam said...

What a beautiful book Viota no wonder your son enjoys it so much especially if it is read to the accompaniment of the Vivaldi music. Lovely and thanks for sharing it with us.

Thanks too for your message - can't believe I have been lucky enough to win another giveaway! I will look forward to receiving your package - do you have my address?!

Jane x

Marion Williams-Bennett said...

This book is just glorious! I love the illustrations, and am imaging reading it to the music, curled up with my child! Bliss!

Sarah said...

That book has such lovely illustrations! I would like to see the others-in the appropriate season of course!

Lynne said...

The illustrations are indeed lovely.
Congratulations to Jane.

Courtney at Scattering Lupines said...

I Love Vivaldi! Love The Four Seasons! Love the Nutcracker! Love Swan Lake!

WHY CAN'T THEY PRINT THESE IN ENGLISH??? How brilliant and lovely! Thank you for sharing :)

Joy said...

What a treat of a post. What a lovely start to my day! Thankyou Yiota!
(PS I am delighted that the menu is coming along, I know life has been full on for you!)

Lucy Caitlin Higham said...

Gosh, what a super book and what a good idea to go with music!! The illustrations are lovely.
Congratulations to Jane!
Back at school on Monday... so lots of studying for the year end exams. We break for the summer holidays at the end of July.
Hope you have a relaxing weekend.
Lucy xxxxx

Claudia Medeiros said...

What a great post, Yiota !
About 3 years ago, we took Helena to the theatre to watch 'The Nutcracker' ballet and she fell in love for the performance and the tale, as well !

Have an inspiring weekend ! God bless you and your family :)


Happy@Home said...

How sweet that you and your son are enjoying this book together. The illustrations are beautiful and the music is wonderful too.

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

What beautiful illustrations! I love those kind of books and stories.

Have a lovely weekend

Warm wishes
Isabelle x

Relyn said...

Oh, that book! The paintings are incredible. So happy making. Especially the one of the cat in a basket. I LOVE it!

Jessica said...

Hi Yiota,
What magical illustrations. I especially love the first two pictures. What a brilliant idea to create a book that works perfectly with such a beautiful piece of music. I do feel perfectly revitalized after listening to that. What a great way to start the day. Thank you.
Hope that your day is off to a beautiful start as well!