Tuba Lessons: T. C. Bartlett
After his mother, hurrying to her tuba lesson, tells him that a poem will cure his pet fish´s boredom, a little boy tries to find out what a poem is by asking friends, neighbors, and other members of his family.
A prescient and humorous tale of a boy´s futuristic life gone haywire with the interruption of ... nature. GO BACK TO YOUR CLASS, says the mini-machine. The brightly moving thing flutters into Arno´s hand. It feels warm. Attached to a foot is a label, reading: BIRD. Two hundred years in the future, Arno´s pre-programmed, machine-controlled day takes an unexpected turn when nature intercedes. Arno wakes each morning when his personalized ´´mini-machine´´ tells him it´s time. The mini-machine squawks at him all day: ´´Eat your Instant Mealtime,´´ ´´Wait for the school jet,´´ ´´Go to your electric tuba lesson,´´ ´´Do not step off the Power Path´´..... But Arno´s curiosity and a little yellow bird lead Arno off his pre-programmed track. ´´Go Back to Your Class!´´ squawks the mini-machine with increasing alarm. Arno´s mischievousness will delight young readers. And Seymour Chwast´s illustrations, including his Seuss-like mechanical inventions, are both charmingly old-fashioned and presciently futuristic. A gentle corrective to our infatuation with electronics, Arno and the Mini-Machine is a sweet reminder of the joy of nature and following one´s own path.