Birds in The Carnival of the Animals

Birds make beautiful sounds. Camille Saint-Saëns, a French composer, liked birds. He wrote The Carnival of the Animals in 1886. It has pretty songs about birds.

One of the songs is “Hens and Roosters.” In this song, violins and pianos are played fast and loud. When you listen to them, you can hear chickens eating grain.

“The Cuckoo in the Woods” is quiet and peaceful. You can imagine taking a walk in the woods.

A clarinet makes a cuckoo’s sound while you walk. In “The Swan,” a cello makes a slow, smooth sound. It sounds like a swan swimming on a lake. It is beautiful.

Now go listen to the birds outside. Can you hear any of Saint-Saëns’s songs?

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Comprehension questions

1. What is this passage mainly about?

2. What is “Hens and Roosters” like?

3. What makes a cuckoo’s sound in “The Cuckoo in the Woods”?

4. The sound of “The Swan” is like a swan _____ on a lake.

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