My three year old is in love with your book about Stravinsky & Najinsky! He's memorized 90% of it. Thank you so much!"
Then two days later, she sent me a link to this video of her son reading from When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky. I love his enthusiasm! And I also love that this family did not shy away from sharing a picture book about "two artists, their ballet, and an extraordinary riot" with their three-year-old. For those who think it is a subject that would not interest a small child, take heed and take a look at the video!
In just a few weeks, the Minnesota Orchestra will be performing The Rite of Spring, for eight school and young people's concerts and two friends and family concerts. The concerts will begin with me reading aloud from the book accompanied by a pianist, as the illustrations are projected onto a large screen. In the materials online, they suggest 9+ years for enjoyment of the concert- however, after watching Henry above, I think certain three year olds might enjoy it!