ALLEGRO! An enchanting interactive book about classical maestros and their musical masterpieces! (Includes video, Beginner readers)

I can’t say enough positives about this enchanting juvenile literary work – ALLEGRO! Mostly because it introduces classical music to youngsters in the most engaging manner! David Miles (author) and Anita Barghigiani (illustrator) mesh to form the perfect duo to produce quite simply – a masterpiece!

Your early reader can learn about classical music through the story of a child discovering his passion for the arts through the great masters. This book is CLEVER with necessary repetition that is not at all tedious. For example, the first time a composer (such as Beethoven, Mozart, Debussy, etc.) is introduced is via a short biography on the inside cover then once more as an illustration that appears embedded in the story itself. The same composers are seen again on the back pages with explanations about each maestro . This additional content is a very unique instructional extension that allows a child to go more in-depth with learning and vocabulary building. Lastly, on the sidebar, a child can press samples of musical compositions over and over again. There are many to choose from and each one has a very soft melodic sound vs. the cheap “tin” noise often hear in audio books for kids.

as an interactive musical piece

I could go on and on about this book. But, I won’t. Why? Because it is INTERACTIVE and I believe it best to describe ALLEGRO not with words but with a video. Please watch and consider this the perfect gift to inspire the children in your life about the beauty of music. And for our children who are Deaf or have hearing loss, the illustrations are magnificent and the accompanying stories are very much worth having the book, sans the audio. Also, there is some vibration through the speaker.

(Side note: Classical music has been proven to help learning and concentration in young and older students!.)

To learn more the about the authors and how to obtain a copy of this fantastic book: ALLEGRO: A Magical Journey Through Musical Masterpieces go here.

The official description by the publisher:

Classical music comes to life like never before in this magical journey through 11 timeless compositions. Meet Allegro, an ordinary boy who can’t stand practicing the piano. Those black dots on the page drive him crazy—until the music itself whisks him away on a breathtaking journey. Each beautifully illustrated scene on Allegro’s journey is accompanied by a famous classical theme that can be played with the press of a button. Hear Grieg’s “Morning Mood” while meandering through a misty meadow, Dvorak’s “New World Symphony” while exploring uncharted lands, Debussy’s “Claire de Lune” while pondering a shimmering night sky, and 7 more! Beautiful gold foil, lavish illustrations, and high-quality sound make this a musical masterpiece to treasure forever. 

Suggested retail price$24.95

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I received a copy from the publisher FAMILIUS. However, the opinions are my own and absolutely no monetary compensation was received. #Ambassador

The Manhattan Transfer Story

We are living in an era where we, the boomer generation, want to preserve the music that has been the soundtrack of our lives. This year alone we had biopic movies about Freddie Mercury (Bohemian Rhapsody) and Elton John (Rocketman). Now we have an opportunity to have another – The Manhattan Transfer, a vocal jazz quartet with an addictive sound, are about to have their story chronicled in the documentary film: The Manhattan Transfer Story.

“An intimate, inside look at the nearly 50-year journey of the most significant vocal harmony group in the history of modern music!”

If you are asking, “Who are the Manhattan Transfer?”, then you are younger than Apple Computers! For those of us who remember the harmonies of this foursome, you will know that when they start to sing – magic happens!

Below is a snapshot video of a famous moment of this group at the Grammy Awards accompanied by the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald.

Luckily, there are forward thinkers amongst us who want to preserve the music of The Manhattan Transfer by creating a “living vault” of their music and performances. After all, the group have collaborated with so many of the world’s greatest musicians including Jon Hendricks, Smokey Robinson, The Count Basie Orchestra, Chick Corea, Frankie Valli, Bobby McFerrin, Take 6, Weather Report and of course, the aforementioned, Ella Fitzgerald. Plus, they have won 11 Grammys and recorded over 30 albums!

Not many musical groups can lay claim to 11 GRAMMYS and 30 ALBUMS! But the TRANSFER HAVE! (Yes, it was worth repeating!)

The initiative to bring the “Transfers” story to all is taking place RIGHT NOW and being fueled by fans who are contributing to their Kickstarter effort.

I found this explanation on their Kickstarter page to be so poignant and worth sharing:

We are so grateful that The Transfer is opening up their vaults to hours of rare performances and never before seen backstage footage that will completely knock your socks off. It is our mission to bring it all to you...It’s a story that cries out to be told and preserved on film for the ages.

~The Filmmakers

Now, every Kickstarter program I have become involved with has spotlighted interesting people who have made exceptional contributions to our world. The Transfer are of no exception. Plus, their story has a few “surprises” which will be revealed in this new film.

It’s a backstage musical, a family drama, a tale about an incredible array of fascinating characters and their complex relationships, and ultimately a story of love. Plus, it will be packed with great musical performances by the Transfer and their musical influences.

~Miles Mogulescu

Want to learn more about this project?

Start here>>> View on KICKSTARTER

Then follow here>>> INSTAGRAM