The Dog Who Sang at the Opera

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9780810949287: The Dog Who Sang at the Opera

Pasha, a dog who believes herself to be beautiful and perfect, joins the company of "Manon" at New York's Metropolitan Opera House, but on opening night she cannot resist singing along with the diva.

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Jim West and Marshall Izen are highly regarded puppeteers who were performing in the opera Manon when the incident that inspired this book took place. Jim continues to travel extensively, performing for children. Erika Oller is well known through her books with Lesléa Newman and her popular line of gift items featuring happy, rotund ladies.

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PreSchool-Grade 4 - Pasha is a proud, haughty Russian wolfhound who learns a lesson in humility. Her owner, an accompanist at the Metropolitan Opera House, is excited that the upcoming performance requires a beautiful dog, and Pasha has been chosen for the role. At dress rehearsal, she snubs Sluggo, the other dog who will appear onstage, as he is dressed as a clown. That night, she dreams of being the center of attention, wearing a dazzling red dress and singing to the audience's applause and shouts of "Brava!" On opening night, Pasha gets so caught up in the music that she begins to sing along with the diva. She is unceremoniously dragged off the stage and informed that her operatic career is over. Shamed, Pasha sits in a corner until Sluggo tells her that he thinks she sang beautifully, especially her high notes. She finally realizes that having a friend is much more satisfying than being a star. Soft, expressive watercolors in a variety of sizes add to the gentle humor of the story. Based on an actual event, this tale is an entertaining introduction to the opera. A newspaper article and a letter from the soprano to Pasha's owner are included. Pair this title with Tess Weaver's Opera Cat (Clarion, 2002) for a lyrical storytime. - Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
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