Children's Literature - Judy SilvermanMeet the Marching Smithereens and learn about the instruments in a marching band. Have a parade with the kangaroo drum major, the ram, panda, and wolf playing trombones, the leopard, gorilla and polar bear on Sousaphones, and on and on. The snake, hyena, and tiger are in the audience, and two mice sew the uniforms. Back and forth march the animals, keeping a rhythmic beat... Budderump, BOOM! This parade is fun! A wonderful introduction to the wind and percussion instruments. There also is a matching Meet the Orchestra.
Children's Literature - Beverly KobrinThis humorously perceptive introduction to marching-band musicians and their instruments is a picture book at its finest. The players, animals all, hold their instruments as true professionals, with perfect embouchure and hand-position. Ms Hayes aptly portrays each instrument's distinctive attributes in terms youngsters will readily appreciate.
School Library JournalK-Gr 3-In the same capable manner they used to describe the orchestra in Meet the Orchestra (Harcourt, 1991), this team takes readers through the sections (drums, brass, reeds) and instruments of a marching band. And, as in the previous book, the musicians are animals, suited up and in formation. Each instrument is introduced with a clear, concise description of its purpose (``Drums keep the beat set by the drum major'') and their sound (``The beats sizzle and snap with a ratta-tat, ratta-tat, tic-tic-tac!''). Sometimes only one animal is pictured, like the monkey playing the clarinet, but many times three different creatures are featured. So a lion, fox, and goat all march along playing the tom-toms, their instruments, uniforms, and step giving them a symmetry despite their differences, much like any three band members. The previous book and this one each have a significant and separate contribution to music education but together they make a cheerful and useful pair not only for library shelves but also for music classrooms.-Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY
Julie CorsaroA dozen musical instruments, from the bell-lyra to the trombone, are played by an animal marching band, inexplicably known as the Smithereens. Framed within the context of a parade, the succinct text is both descriptive ("Piccolo players blow across an air hole" ) and lyrical (shrill notes . . . dance on a tightrope" ). It's hard to resist the humorous, detailed paintings of a host of animal musicians in full band regalia--the similarly shaped bell-lyra and anteater make the perfect couple.
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