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Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin (Aladdin Picture Books) Paperback – May 1, 2000
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"A book from which music issues forth as clearly as from any music box."
-- "New York Times Book Review"
A Caldecott Honor Book
An American Library Association Notable Children's Book
A "School Library Journal" Best Book
A "New York Times" Best Illustrated Book
"A delight...this title will surely be met with applause."
-- "School Library Journal, " starred review
About the Author
Lloyd Moss, the classical music guru of WQXR, has a long list of TV and film appearances and voice-overs to his credit. He lives in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.
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As other reviewers mentioned, this book is not written to a child's level. I usually like to buy my daughter books that have bigger words sprinkled in the verses, but it seems like this book is crammed with the bigger words. Yes, the descriptions of the sound were accurate - but would a preschooler really understand the descriptions without hearing the instruments? I didn't think that she would be able to understand why the clarinet played "breezy notes so darkly slick," or the oboe was "gleeful, bleating, sobbing, pleading through it's throbbing double-reeding" without being exposed to sound of the instruments. In other words, I didn't think my daughter would be able to understand what the words meant from the context of the book alone.
So why five stars then?
We started reading this book a month ago, and since then my daughter has been asking for it every day - sometimes five times a day.
As other reviewers mentioned, this book is great for reinforcing counting. It is quite refreshing to be able to count musicians as they're added to the orchestra, instead of just counting sheep or dinosaurs. The illustrations are quite beautiful, and in addition my daughter now knows the names of all of the instruments in the book.
I also dusted off our Mozart Magic Cube (used to be called Embryonics Music cube)- a "music block toy" that has sound samples of four of the instruments in this book - the flute, harp, french horn, and violin. Whenever we read this book, my daughter finds the appropriate instrument for the appropriate verse. At the end, my daughter and I "clap loudly and shout 'Encore,'" and we play the entire orchestra on Mozart Magic cube again.
And that, as the book says, "is a great delight." I have fun reading this book to her, even when I read it over and over again.