The Boy and the Spell adapted by Pegi Deitz Shea

Find in catalogThis is a story/picture book adapted from the opera L’Enfant et les Sortileges (1925) by composer Maurice Ravel with a libretto by Colette. The story is about a little boy who had a tantrum and took his frustrations out on his room and the things in it. It may well serve as a lesson for children prone to losing their tempers. The illustrations are so imaginative and endearing that adults will surely enjoy them, and the story’s vocabulary is somewhat advanced for the age of child the book is targeting, so a reader more advanced than a child will probably be needed. I believe people of all ages will totally enjoy the book, even if only to skim through it and get lost in the illustrations.

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