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Opera Time

OPERA TIME

Presented in classrooms, daycares, and libraries all year long.

Read together and sing together! this musical storytelling program, delivered to your classroom by a teaching artist, fosters literacy in and through the arts. Opera Time aligns closely with Common Core Standards in English Language Arts, and gives students skills in broadening and contextualizing vocabulary, creating original stories, identifying character and motive, and selecting words that supply richness and meaning. Read our detailed guide on how Opera Time integrates with Common Core standards.

Appropriate for Pre-K through 2nd Grade. A teaching artist will present Opera Time to your classroom or community center during a 30-minute session of singing, read-aloud story time, movement, and story/character exploration using one of the following books.

Just $65 per session.

Seattle Opera is committed to providing equitable access to the arts. Financial assistance is available.

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Books

Octopus's Garden by Ringo Starr

Octopus's Garden

Ideal for Pre-K–2nd Grade | Written by Ringo Starr & illustrated by Ben Cort
Lexile: AD880L
Who wouldn’t like to visit an octopus’s garden? Well, now you can! This lively picture book brings Ringo Starr’s joyful underwater tale to life and is perfect for reading, sharing, and singing again and again.

Come sing and dance around in an octopus’s garden in the shade! The classic Beatles song comes to life with colorful illustrations from bestselling illustrator Ben Cort.

I’d like to be under the sea
In an octopus’s garden in the shade
He’d let us in, knows where we’ve been
In his octopus’s garden in the shade

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin

Dragons Love Tacos

Ideal for Pre-K–1st Grade| Written by Adam Rubin & illustrated by Daniel Salmieri
Lexile: AD720L
The award-winning team of Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri has created an unforgettable tale of new friends and the perfect snack.

Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if a dragon accidentally eats spicy salsa . . . oh, boy. You're in red-hot trouble.

The Jazz Fly by Matthew Gollub

The Jazz Fly

Ideal for Pre-K–2nd grade | Written by Matthew Gollub & illustrated by Karen Hanke
Lexile: AD480L
This singular story about musical insects celebrates language and the inventive spirit of jazz. A fly, who speaks jazz, asks different critters which way to town. “Rrribit,” replies the frog. “Oink,” says the hog. Although baffled, the fly hears music in their words, and that evening he uses those sounds to set the insect dinner club a hoppin.’ The computer enhanced artwork of Karen Hanke perfectly complements the text. Get ready to tap, snap, and swing to the beat as Nancy the Gnat, Willie the Worm, and Sammy the Centipede take the stage. Here’s a combination of storytelling, visual art, and music for children to savor time and again.

Mortimer by Robert Munsch

Mortimer

Ideal for Pre-K–2nd grade | Written by Robert Munsch & illustrated by Michael Martchenko
Lexile: AD680L
"[Mortimer is the story] of a little boy who won't go to sleep at night and who drives his family crazy with his rowdiness ... [It] reads as though it was written by a parent driven frantic by one of the contemporary but compulsive stages of childrearing ... [It is] of tremendous appeal to kids and parents at the same stage." -Globe and Mail

Clang, clang, rattle-bing-bang
Gonna make my noise all day.

Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo by John Lithgow

Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo

Ideal for Pre-K–1st Grade | Written by John Lithgow & illustrated by Leeza Hernandez
Lexile: AD820L
This lively and lyrical jaunt is from actor and author John Lithgow.

Oh, children! Remember! Whatever you may do,
Never play music right next to the zoo.
They’ll burst from their cages, each beast and each bird,
Desperate to play all the music they’ve heard.

A concert gets out of hand when the animals at the neighboring zoo storm the stage and play the instruments themselves in this hilarious picture book based on one of John Lithgow’s best-loved tunes.

Seasonal Selections

Mister and Lady Day; Written by Amy Novesky & illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton

Mister and Lady Day

Ideal for 2 Grade | Written by Amy Novesky & illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton
Lexile: AD630L
Billie Holiday—also known as Lady Day—had fame, style, a stellar voice, gardenias in her hair, and lots of dogs. She had a coat-pocket poodle, a beagle, Chihuahuas, a Great Dane, and more, but her favorite was a boxer named Mister. Mister was always there to bolster her courage, even at her legendary appearance at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Stylish illustrations keep the story focused on the bond between Holiday and her dog. An author’s note addresses the singer’s troubled life, and includes a little-known photo of Mister and Lady Day!

Great for black or women's history, an introduction to jazz and blues or any time of the year.

Elena’s Serenade; Written by Campbell Geeslin & illustrated by Ana Juan

Elena’s Serenade

Ideal for K -2 Grade | Written by Campbell Geeslin & illustrated by Ana Juan
Lexile: AD650L
Who ever heard of a girl glassblower?
In Mexico, where the sun is called el sol and the moon is called la luna, a little girl called Elena wants to blow into a long pipe…and make bottles appear, like magic.
But girls can’t be glassblowers. Or can they?
Join Elena on her fantastic journey to Monterrey home of the great glassblowers! – in an enchanting story filled with magic realism.

Great for issues of gender roles, self-confidence, and the workings of an artist’s heart.

Decibella and Her 6-Inch Voice; Written by Julia Cook & illustrated by Anita Du Falla

Decibella and Her 6-Inch Voice

Ideal for K -2 Grade | Written by Julia Cook & illustrated by Anita Du Falla
Lexile: AD630L
Isabella is a spirited girl who enjoys shouting out her thoughts, ideas and feelings. In fact, she loves using her loud voice so much; it's earned her the nickname "Decibella"! Young readers will be entertained as they see how Isabella learns the "five volumes" of voice and discovers that different situations require a different tone.

Great for classroom expectations, practicing the “five volumes” of voice or any time of the year.

Please contact us at schoolprograms@seattleopera.org if you are not sure if Opera Time is right for your classroom, or if you have any other questions.


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