HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Special Delivery Symphony
Author: Stephanie Hill
Illustrators: Guy and Mary Gilchrist
Publisher: Astor Books Audio, 1993
Language level: 1 (nothing objectionable)
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 3-8
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Hill, Stephanie. Special Delivery Symphony (published in 1993 by Warner Brothers). Subtitled “Looney Tunes Discover Music,” this dramatized story is joined with a cassette of music and sound effects. Bugs Bunny is to conduct an orchestra and orders instruments and supplies from Daffy Duck’s Delivery Service. Daffy must get Bugs the goods but he can’t get past security guard Porky Pig. This book and tape were a gift to our older son Mark when he was quite young. It uses Loony Toons characters Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Porky Pig to teach a little about music, specifically about the different families of instruments in the orchestra and their sounds, along with highlights from Wolfgang Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnole. Since I dearly love classical music, I think that this is a great tape and book to help introduce children to classical music, and both boys have really loved it. It was one of their favorites to listen to while taking a bath.