Provides a commentary on the symphony by Saint-Saëns and describes both the instruments used and the story told by each track on the accompanying compact disc. This book gives a one-page explanation of each part of this piece by Saint-Saens; the accompanying CD contains the music. The animals are having a carnival, and the guests are arriving. There's the majestic lion, the braying mules, the dancing elephant, and the bouncy kangaroos. Even the fossils join in with a fast and rattly dance. Everyone is invited! Nearly 150 years ago, the composer Camille Saint-Saeuml's was asked by his pupils to write a musical joke for them. He wrote the Carnival of the Animals, a piece people enjoyed so much that it has now become one of Saint-Saeuml's most famous works. This accessible commentary, in a picture-book format, helps children follow each section of Saint-Saeuml's classic piece while they listen to the CD. Whimsical illustrations, a simple text, and evocative melodies create an ideal introduction for young children to the world of classical music.