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Moana - The Beat of Your Heart: A Musical Exploration Activity Book Disney Learning Bk/Online Media (Disney Moana) Hardcover – August 1, 2017
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This book is about rhythm--what it is, how to make it and various ways to create new sounds. At the beginning, there's a table of contents, which makes it easy to find the topic young readers want to explore because this book is packed full of ideas. From different forms of clapping to various instruments kids can easily create, these pages contain a multitude of ideas which can be used over and over again.
Moana is the star in this book, which is very fitting with her island beats. Each chapter (two-page spread) presents a quick explanation of an aspect of rhythms and then immediately dives into a 'do-it-too' section, where kids are invited to create their own rhythms and join in. Everything starts simple, allowing readers to get accustom to the idea of beats, and then evolves into motions and instruments with different sounds so that kids can make music of their own or play along with the songs and activities offered online. This is a book which can be visited time and again, and even be varied as readers can use their self-made instruments to try the exercises in various ways.
Not only do the Moana characters come to life in the lovely illustrations, but the more simple brown and white pictures which accompany the exercises make it easy to understand what actions should be conducted and how. From clapping to tapping the floor, kids will enjoy joining in and making their own beats. But this isn't a book kids will be able to visit alone. At least, not at first (Plus, it wouldn't be as fun.) Although the directions are pretty clear, young readers will need someone older to help them keep the beats and perform the rhythms correctly until they get a hang of it on their own. Especially some of the directions in the later chapters are a little too complex for younger listeners and even slightly older ones will become frustrated without the help of someone older to help them out.
The instrument ideas are mostly simple and include things often found in many households. But even these can be improvised with a little fantasy.
The online activities which accompany this book make the entire thing a real gem and let young readers feel the beats, sing and play along. Although this book might be a bit much for the younger listeners, children ages four and up are sure to enjoy it and will be drumming, clapping and beating music of their own.
I received a complimentary copy and enjoyed it enough to want to leave my honest thoughts.