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"The STRINGS all soar, the REEDS implore, / The BRASSES roar with notes galore. / It's music that we all adore. / It's what we go to concerts for." In this exuberant tribute to classical music and the passionate, eccentric musicians who play it, author Lloyd Moss begins with the mournful moan and silken tone of one trombone. A trumpet sings and stings along, forming a duo, then a fine French horn joins in, "TWO, now THREE-O, what a TRIO!" The mellow cello ups it to a quartet, then ZIN! ZIN! ZIN! a violin soars high and moves in to make a quintet. The flute that "sends our soul a-shiver" makes a sextet, and "with steely keys that softly click," a sleek, black, woody clarinet slips the group into a septet. We move on! A chamber group of ten! And the orchestra is ready to begin. Moss should be congratulated for creating a playful, musical stream of rhyming couplets that seamlessly, slyly teaches the names of myriad musical groups. Marjorie Priceman, the whimsical, masterful illustrator of Elsa Okon Rael's When Zaydeh Danced on Eldridge Street and Jack Prelutsky's For Laughing Out Loud, won a Caldecott Honor Award for this swirling, twirling, colorful musical world worthy of thunderous applause and a standing ovation. (Ages 4 to 8) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This debut book by author Moss, as kids today would say is boss. Its clever, jazzy verse presents (In language that is never dense) a helpful intro to each orchestra instrument-how some are alike but rather more are different. He starts with the trombone's "mournful moan," playing solo (i.e., alone); then adds a trumpet, French horn and cello-all sounding forth a signature "hello." Each musical portrait (in quatrains) abounds with perfectly chosen, alliterative sounds. Thus the flute, notes Moss, "sends our soul a-shiver; flute, that slender silver sliver." And Priceman's zany art's just right, with loose-limbed figures taking flight around each spread in garb bizarre, if proving how funky musicians are.With every new instrument joining the throng of diligent players practicing song, Moss incorporates numbers and stops only when his team finally reaches a "chamber group of ten." So the book can be used as a counting tool (A great way to perk up a dull day at school): but it really works best, it's easy to see, as a deft means of meeting the symphony. So a plentiful praise to this finely matched pair, whose pictures and words show unusual flair.
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Music is a very important skill to nurture when we are young. Lloyd Moss lets young readers imagine themselves playing ten different instruments. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kathleen Ritter
My 19 month old daughter loves music and she is OBSESSED with this book! She could name all of the instruments after a day of reading this book dozens of times and loves asking us... Read morePublished 3 months ago by drbhc
My son and I love this book! Beautiful illustrations & an excellent story.Published 3 months ago by Amazonian
The books is fantastic for my classroom! Using onomatopoeia and alliteration as well as music terms like solo and duet, the students learn about instruments of the orchestra with... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Emily
My 4 year old loved it! She kept asking for repeats. The book showcased 10 instruments and used incredibly beautiful language to describe them. Read morePublished 5 months ago by GeekyBee
So enjoy this book. A musical twist on counting. Easy introduction to names of instruments. Colors and drawings are engaging.Published 6 months ago by edbj
I like this book but it's not quite as engaging for my two and a half year old as some of his other instrument books. Perhaps he'll grow into it.Published 7 months ago by L. Morgan