Monday, August 31, 2009

Great Monday Give: The Philharmonic Gets Dressed

This week I'll use the Great Monday Give as a platform to honor two children's literature legends: Karla Kuskin, who died last week at the age 77, and Reading Rainbow which was canceled due to funding and aired its last episode on Friday after 26 years on the air. Well-loved as an illustrator (Roar and More), Karla is best known for penning the Marc Simont-illustrated classic The Philharmonic Gets Dressed which just happens to be a former Reading Rainbow title. So in honor of both these greats, I'll be giving away a nice, ex-library edition of the book to one lucky reader. All you have to do to be eligible to win is comment on this post before midnight, Sunday, September 6. A winner will be selected at random and announced the next morning.

Last week's Give of A Tree is Nice goes to Annette. Congrats and send me your info to webe(at)soon(dot)com. See you kids in two shakes of a lamb's tale!

22 comments:

Mikelle Smith said...

I can't believe they cancelled reading rainbow! I loved that show as a child and have tried to get my two year old interested in it with no luck.

aly said...

I've been wanting to get a copy of this book. I think my kids would really like it!

Celeste said...

Yep, I can't believe the Reading Rainbow news either...actually, to be honest, I can. Anyway, this book looks like a great one.

Antmusic said...

Reading Rainbow's cancellation was a big shock to me. Not that I have watched it lately (no cable or antenna TV in our house... just DVDs and VHS). I grew up watching some of my favorite books come to life on that show.

My son and I love Marc Simont's illustrations (Wolfie, My Brother Ant, Nate the Great, etc). Somehow, we haven't picked this one up yet!

wmmahaney said...

I would absolutely love to win this book. Any book that combines my love of music (I'm a piano teacher) and my love of children's books is wonderful.

Emily Harris said...

This was a fav. of mine when I was young, after seeing it on Reading Rainbow of course.

Sign me up!

BR said...

i heart reading rainbow!

Amy said...

So sad about Reading Rainbow! My daughter watched that all summer. It reminded so much of my own childhood.

JoanneS said...

I'm sure that my daughter, a budding violin player, would really enjoy this book (although she'd probably have an unprompted comment about the uneven gender breakout in the philharmonic!).

etirv said...

Still mourning the end of Reading Rainbow! This book sounds enchanting!

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smokin' mohs said...

Even if I don't win the giveaway, I am just happy to be reminded of this lovely book! Thank you!

karichuckroryskylar said...

Thanks again for reminding me of this book, I remember this RR ep. Thanks.

Ray said...

This looks like another gem. Fingers crossed to win!

caryn the designer said...

Oh I love this book! Very sad about Reading Rainbow!

Mommy said...

It'll be a while before we sign our two-year-old daughter up for any formal music lessons, but we're trying to get her excited about music in a variety of ways, including reading about it. This would be a great book to that end!

maria said...

I remember this book from Reading Rainbow! What a drag that such a great show is cancelled.

Anonymous said...

what a great book! thanks for the opportunity.
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emadethis said...

I'll miss Reading Rainbow.

Swati said...

I hadn't read about this book before, so when I checked your review, I had to chuckle at the thought of it. If I was sitting in the orchestra after reading this book, I would be too busy trying to imagine all of them in one life situation or the other! A really fun book to share!

ans said...

oh no! I am so sad Reading Rainbow got canceled. I loved Reading Rainbow growing up. I watched some of two episodes last week, and I had no idea it was the last week. I kept thinking how much my son would like that show once he was a little older. I am glad I got to see it again, though! Alison

Best Homeschool Buys said...

Our family has homeschooled for 23 years. When the kids were young, we used Konos curriculum which is a great way of learning through unit studies. I remember using this book for our unit on the Ears. Music was part of that unit including learning about the orchestra. Our boys made color coded diagrams of where each instrument of the orchestra was located.

Brings back homeschooling memories to see this book highlighted on your blog. I can get lost in your site...so beautiful!

JLM said...

LOVED philharmonic gets dressed growing up- thank you for reminding me I need to share it with my kids :)

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