The Orchestra Book is 48 full-colour pages, written by Mark Rubin and illustrated by Alan Daniel. The clear and engaging text begins by discussing the nature of music and the great breadth of feelings and ideas that are expressed through classical music. It goes on to explain the process of composition and the basic musical concepts of melody, harmony, rhythm, tempo, dynamics, and tone colour. The text then describes the four main families of orchestral instruments and each of their individual members, and concludes with the role of the conductor, bringing music and musicians together in a grand concert finale.

Alan Daniel’s accompanying drawings of the musicians and their instruments are not only technically accurate, but also full of personality and imagination. The complementary visual storyline about two children being guided through an orchestra’s rehearsal provides additional action, interest, and fun.
The Orchestra book is published in Canada by
Groundwood Books/Douglas & McIntyre and in the
U.S. by Firefly Books. Currently in its 8th printing,
The Orchestra has sold over 100,000 copies world-wide, making it one of the most successful Canadian non-fiction children's books of all time.
The San Francisco Symphony Education Committee recently commissioned a special run of 25,000 copies of The Orchestra Book, which they distributed free to all public elementary
students in San Francisco!
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