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What in the World Is a Violin?
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What in the World Is a Violin?

by Mary Elizabeth Salzmann

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Children's Literature - Leah Hanson
Whether heard in a concert hall or at a subway station, the violin's zippy trill and sweet melody are familiar to many young children. In this edition of the "Musical Instruments" series, readers get a more up-close and personal look at the instrument. Meant as a basic introduction for a younger audience, What in the World is a Violin? is replete with photographs of young people playing the violin, clearly relaying the message that the instrument is indeed for kids! An introductory diagram identifies the different parts of the violin and detail photographs show how a musician plays by drawing the bow across the strings to make sound, and pressing down on the strings to change the pitch of the sound. The second half of the book shows images of children playing the violin with text that offers more emotional entry points to the subject—the idea of playing for a talent show or practicing for a lesson. A visual guessing game and true or false quiz act as a concluding check for understanding. Purists may take issue with some of the young musicians' less-than-ideal posture or handling of the instrument, and some readers may find the text a bit flat. However, as a more informational companion volume to the rhythmic, engaging beat of Lloyd Moss' Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin, this book would work well for a preschool audience. Reviewer: Leah Hanson
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Each offering asks the title question and answers it with a series of simple sentences that describe the main parts of the instrument, other forms of the instrument, and how it is played. Approximately four spreads of images demonstrate the instrument as it is played and enjoyed by various children or adults. The font is large, and unusual pronunciations are sounded out by syllable for readers. All of the photographic images are explained; magnified, sectional views of each instrument enable youngsters to view details and understand descriptions—e.g., guitar strings across frets, piano hammers and strings, a tennis shoe pressing a pedal, or mosaic detail around a drumhead. Useful additions for young music lovers.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX

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ABDO Publishing Company
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Musical Instruments Series
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Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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