Whimsical illustrations and simple, kid-friendly texts make this a fun tour through the lives of the orchestra's most famous composers and instruments. The composers are presented in chronological order with trivia facts, a brief biography, dates of their lives and information on the accompanying track. Amusing drawings and colorful border keep interest peaked, and side boxes are filled with fun and informative tidbits about their lives, music and personality. The orchestral instruments are also examined; we see how each instrument works, where it is situated during a concert, special effects, the sound it makes, a history of it and trivia; information on the accompanying track is also included here. 96 pages, hardcover with dustjacket. CD included with selections for each composer & instrument.