The Philharmonic Gets Dressed – Karla Kuskin, illustrations by Marc Simont

The title gives you a very good idea what this book is about – the members of an orchestra prepare for a performance and this includes getting dressed; also, showering, washing, drying, powdering, shaving, doing their hair, putting on underwear and socks, struggling into stockings, snapping suspenders into place, putting on earrings, tying ties, and generally making oneself presentable. It’s a children’s  picture book and it’s delightful. I think this is my favourite scene:

 

When they have finished washing, they dry. They use big towels and little towels and a lot of dusting powder. All the men shave except three, who have beards. Two trim. Then, when one hundred and five people are showered and bathed, shaved and toweled, dusted and dry, they put on their underwear.

When they have finished washing, they dry. They use big towels and little towels and a lot of dusting powder. All the men shave except three, who have beards. Two trim. Then, when one hundred and five people are showered and bathed, shaved and toweled, dusted and dry, they put on their underwear.

The pictures are so well done; I think they must have been based on real people, a real orchestra. You can track people from scene to scene. How does each get ready? What does each wear? You get a feel for their personalities, and eventually, if you are observant, you will be able to figure out which instrument each one plays. And when the story brings all these very different people together in the end, they make beautiful music. (Sigh. I think I can hear the first notes.) What a delightful way to learn about an orchestra.

It is such a neat perspective and the partnership of author and illustrator work so well together. Apparently, they also did The Dallas Titans Got to Bed. I want to read it too!

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