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Children's LiteratureDesigned for early childhood educators, this instructional manual provides an easy-to-use format for introducing preschoolers to rhythm and its many variations. In the introduction, the author—an early childhood specialist herself—states that the goal is to respect and satisfy children's need to make noise while gently guiding them toward expressing themselves musically. She notes that rhythm instruments are an especially good learning tool to reach that goal. The book contains selections of fun activities that involve several different kinds of simple rhythm instruments; some activities are the author's original creations, while others are adapted from well-known songs and stories. Chapters are devoted to outlining exercises for specific instruments, including rhythm sticks, shakers (maracas), jingle bells, and sand blocks. An additional chapter combines rhythmic activities for cymbals, triangles, drums, and tambourines. Most exercises are intended for children aged three to six, but the author also devotes a short chapter to working with toddlers as young as 18 months. The book also contains a chapter titled "Rhythm Band Activities," which outlines fun, rhythmic exercises that children can enjoy as a group. Three indexes are included: a standard index, another that divides the activities by season, and a third that lists them by subject. The book also contains monthly planning pages for teachers. 2004, Gryphon House Inc, Ages Adult.