Tales of Jaxx (Children's Book)

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Tales of Jaxx (Children's Book)

Meet Jaxx, a happy-go-lucky New York City dog, whose life is suddenly turned topsy-turvy when he gets lost during a blizzard. Wrenched away from his human family, alone, shivering and struggling to survive, he is rescued and taken in by strangers at The Metropolitan Opera.

Follow Jaxx, as he tells his story while bravely coping with the challenges of adapting to living in an unfamiliar environment inside the opera house. He meets a lively cast of colorful characters, including other animals, but longs to be reunited with his family. He performs heroic deeds and encounters situations that are filled with surprises, both good and bad. Root for Jaxx, as he fulfills his new dream of performing on stage at The Metropolitan Opera.

This inspirational tale, with its rich language and an introduction to French, is an ideal first chapter book for developing readers. It provides children with a rare peek into the thrilling world of The Metropolitan Opera, while demonstrating that live theater and performing on stage can be a fun and exciting experience.

Tails Of Jaxx At The Metropolitan Opera instills valuable lessons about courage, hope, and making friends in new situations. Most of all, it underscores the importance of striving to conquer things we didn`t think we could do.

Joanna Lee Doster is a freelance journalist for syndicated newspapers, magazines and blogs. She is also an author whose published works include an interior design book, Celebrity Bedroom Retreats: Professional Designers` Secrets for 40 Star Bedrooms (Rockport/Quarry Publishers) and the action-thriller novel, Maximum Speed: Pushing The Limit (MPI Publishing.) She has held executive positions in television production companies and cable television

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 4
  • Hardcover: 82 pages
  • Publisher: Mpi Publishing (March 18, 2016)



Animals in the Opera

From Aida to Carmen, from Die Zauberflöte to the Ring cycle—animals both real and mythological have been seen on the operatic stage for centuries.

Horses, donkeys, bears, elephants, birds, dragons, and many others are featured as minor, and sometimes major, characters in operas performed all over the world. In the Met’s first season at Lincoln Center in 1966–67, goats and a camel were seen in the world premiere of Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra.

More recently, horses have graced the stage in La Fanciulla del West, among others, a mule appeared in Pagliacci, and a pair of Irish Wolfhounds starred in Lucia di Lammermoor. Audience favorite Sir Gabriel the Donkey has had recurring roles in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and La Bohème.



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