Every musician knows that learning to play an instrument has its challenges and its rewards. There’s the embarrassing first day of rehearsal, but also the joy of making friends in the orchestra. There’s dealing with slippery concert dress, or simply getting swept up in the music. The twelve children in this book are just like any other musicians practicing their instruments and preparing for a concert. But what sets these music lovers apart is that they all play traditional Chinese musical instruments in a Chinese orchestra. Including both flights of fancy and practical considerations, lively poems capture each child’s musical experience with a different Chinese instrument, while sidebars provide more information about each one. Vivid illustrations depicting each fascinating instrument bring you along on this musical journey. And then you are invited to the grand finale!
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This gorgeously illustrated transcultural children's book is deceptively complex from the broadly represented genders and ethnicities in the illustrations to the universality of music's broad reach across hemispheres and centuries. Each double-page spread focuses on one child musician and his or her musical experience and individual instrument. In few words and sparse but glowing illustrations this title describes 15 Chinese musical instruments ~ their history, pronunciation, and legends ~ and the children playing them in preparation for symphony performance.