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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Hardcover: 68 pages
  • Publisher: Naxos Book; Har/Com edition (February 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843791188
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843791188
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 9.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An exuberant and fascinating introduction to instruments, melodies and composers alike - Handel, Brahms, Stravinsky, John Adams are all included - and comes with a CD, the carefully chosen tracks dovetailing nicely with the text. - Judith Woods, The Daily Telegraph 'For younger listeners, My First Classical Music Book by Genevieve Helsby combines a picture book and a 69-minute CD in a venture that gives the project of introducing children to proper music its biggest boost since Peter and the Woolf. Dotted among Jason Chapman's lively illustrations are some facts even grown-ups won't know...and there is even a game attempt to evoke the special quality of minimalist music: 'Listening to it is like staring at a fire, or at the sea; you find yourself stuck there, just watching, listening...'. Helsby does an excellent job of making classical msuic accessible and entertaining, with well-chosen CD tracks that kick off with the theme music from the Harry Potter films (by Carl Davis) and follow up with a rousing greatest-hits selection from Offenbach's Can-Can to Saint-Saens's animals, and just a small sample of the dread minimalism thrown in. A sticker on the cover recommends it for ages five to seven, though it would entertain anyone with a few gaps in their knowledge to plug and a few hours of summer leisure time to while away.' - Karen Robinson, The Sunday Times

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The text about the instruments and composers was easy for him to follow.
Y. McManaman
The pictures appeal to children because of their color, action, and witty humor.
Patricia A. Hamill
Great book to start promoting an interest in classical music in small children.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Y. McManaman on November 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book was an instant hit with my soon to be 3-year old son. He fell in love with the beautiful pictures. The text about the instruments and composers was easy for him to follow. He kept asking me to read the book over and over again and he named the instruments. Surprisingly, he was very interested in the composers. Needless to say, the CD that's included with the book is an instant hit with him. After a couple of days my son asked for a pencil and paper to "write down music" and announced that he was writing "loud organ music, like Bach". We do something related to this book almost every day - listen to the CD, read a page or two, dance, and talk about and pretend-play different instruments. So far so good!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Irma Catlett on November 13, 2009
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I started using this book as a guide to teaching 2-4 year old children to listen and enjoy music. It is a good basis for lessons and with some creativity has led to excellent lessons. I'm very excited . My hope is that ultimately they will appreciate and enjoy classical music as I do.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gail E. Miller on May 7, 2012
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I am givng this to my grandchildren who are 8 years old. It should give them promptly a lot of info thus saving them lots of time later. They should know the instruments immediately upon hearing them and not spend time wondering who is making that sound. Should be great!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christina Clifton on April 1, 2012
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This is a wonderful music book filled with short, informative descriptions of composers, instruments, styles, and forums where we can find music. Each page has a musical track and makes suggestions for things to listen for in the piece. My seven-year-old LOVES this book and is really drawn to both the pages with information and the musical tracks. Very clever way to introduce classical music. Can lead to so many different lessons....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Strickert on November 19, 2012
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I appreciate that this encompasses a unique look at music and musicians for young children. My 2 1/2 year old grandson has found delight in composers, instruments to the point of imitating all that he sees hears.
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By Jenny Rebecca on March 14, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Not having any children of my own, this book has been a great educational tool for my nephews and has given them a great introduction into the beautiful world of classical music.
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By Brian Denu on March 14, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This book a fun way to introduce children to classical music. The accompanying CD samples a bunch of classical favorites, which adds a cool multi-media experience. And the illustrations are adorable and informative! Perfect for gifts!
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By Sean Hickey on March 13, 2014
Format: Hardcover
After enjoying the My First Classical Music Book and My First Classical Music App, this was a natural progression and I'm not disappointed. My son and I have already gone through the instruments of the orchestra and enjoyed it. A great educational tool that should be returned to regularly. Some terrific music here from the Naxos catalog as well. Don't miss it.
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