Wednesday, 3 September 2014

The Flying Orchestra by Clare McFadden

The Flying Orchestra was first published in 2010 & Clare McFadden won the CBCA New Illustrator's Crichton Award in 2011.

I can't believe that I have never written a review about this wonderful, inspiring, beautiful book before.

I reread it recently and was amazed all over again by the soulful, moving story & the evocative illustrations.

Set in Brisbane, this is a story that will capture your heart and live inside you for a very long time.

As a (former) teacher I could imagine choosing favourite pieces of music to play whilst sharing this book with my classes. I was delighted to discover that Clare has done just that! She has created a youtube book reading whilst three friends accompany her.

The sound quality is not great, but I've included the link below, so you can enjoy this story for yourself.
So, do yourself a favour.
Stop everything, sit down, take a deep breath, relax & listen to this gorgeous story. It's just seven minutes and it will be the best thing you do today!


  1. The concept behind this book sounds fantastic.

    I also like the illustrations that you posted.

    I agree that something like this would make a great thing to share with a group of children.

  2. I keep meaning to order a copy of this one- my local library doesn't have it. I was at my bookshop today too.


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