Music Everywhere!

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Photographs from around the world celebrate the universal joy that kids get from making music, whether they’re playing instruments, clapping their hands, stomping their feet, or singing. Music can help express one child’s feelings—or it can bring a whole community together.

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Overview

Photographs from around the world celebrate the universal joy that kids get from making music, whether they’re playing instruments, clapping their hands, stomping their feet, or singing. Music can help express one child’s feelings—or it can bring a whole community together.

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Kirkus Reviews
2013-12-24
"We love music!" In the tradition of previous photo essays such as Faith (2009), Our Grandparents (2010) and What We Wear (2012), Ajmera and her co-authors have here assembled a collection of charming photographs showing children enjoying music in 35 countries around the world. Some play instruments, like the Venezuelan girl practicing her violin on the title page. Others clap, dance, sing along and listen. On the Cook Islands, a girl with a flower crown blows a conch shell for a festival. In Scotland, a very young bagpiper marches at the Highland Games. Novice Buddhists blow long horns in a temple in Bhutan, and young Indonesians play together in a gamelan orchestra. Some are proud performers, others rapt in concentration; their enjoyment is evident. The selection of images is wide-ranging, and the underlying message, inclusive. On each spread, well-chosen and crisply reproduced photographs that vary in size are set against solid, colored backgrounds with a single sentence of text and identifying captions. The variety of musical instruments, traditional and improvised, will gladden the hearts of teachers and those who want to encourage their children's appreciation for music. The backmatter includes a map, glossary and suggestions for readers' own music-making. A medley perfectly tuned. (Informational picture book. 4-8)
School Library Journal
04/01/2014
K-Gr 2—This lovely picture book from the Global Fund for Children shows children from around the world enjoying music. An interesting variety of instruments are on display, some of which are familiar, such as the violin, while others are indigenous to a country, such as the qeej from Laos. The children's faces are quite expressive and filled with joy, and younger readers will enjoy poring over these appealing images. Short captions printed on each photo include the name of the instrument or activity and the country of origin. At the end, readers will find a world map, which highlights the countries mentioned. The title also contains a glossary and a section suggesting how readers can make their own musical instruments as well as additional ways to enjoy music. A suitable purchase for most children's libraries, this book would work well for a "beginning facts" section.—Elaine Lesh Morgan, formerly at Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570919367
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/25/2014
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,446,463
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 330L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Maya Ajmera is the founder of The Global Fund for Children. She is the co-author of more than fifteen books, including To Be a Kid, Faith, Healthy Kids, and Children from Australia to Zimbabwe.

Elise Hofer Derstine is a writer, farmer, and co-author of What We Wear.

Cynthia Pon is the director of Global Fund for Children Books and the co-author of Global Baby Girls, Our Grandparents, and Faith.

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Kids everywhere make music every day. We clap our hands and stomp our feet . . . singing and humming our favorite tunes.

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