Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin

Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin


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A Caldecott Honor book that is the perfect introduction to musical instruments and a counting book that redefines the genre.

When this book begins, the trombone is playing all by itself. But soon a trumpet makes a duet, a french horn a trio, and so on until the entire orchestra is assembled on stage. Written in elegant and rhythmic verse and illustrated with playful and flowing artwork, this unique counting book is the perfect introduction to musical groups. Readers of all ages are sure to shout “Encore!” when they reach the final page of this joyous celebration of classical music.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689835247
Publisher: Aladdin
Publication date: 05/28/2000
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 95,545
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: AD730L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Lloyd Moss, the classical music guru of WQXR, has a long list of TV and film appearances and voice-overs to his credit. He lives in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.

Marjorie Priceman, illustrator of many acclaimed picture books, has won Caldecott Honors for her illustrations in Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin! by Lloyd Moss and Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the Frist Hot-Air Balloon Ride, which she also wrote. She lives in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

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Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book keeps my almost-2 year old entertained for hours. He's already learned the names of 3 instruments. The artwork is fabulous.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a really great book that I enjoyed reading to my friends and family. I loved the flowing words and expressions in the book. The pictures were great and so were the colors. It really was a terrific way to learn numbers and musical instruments.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My son and I love this book! The illustrations are colorful and whimsical, and the text is cleverly written. Being a classical musician, I know I will give this book frequently as a gift--it is enjoyable for all ages!
AuntKrissy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Author has also written Music Is and Our Marching Band.
ermilligan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a very descriptive way to teach children about instruments though telling them the basics. The illustrations are great and also the book is full of rhymes.
julieaduncan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First a trombone plays its silken tone, then a trumpet stings a note. Instruments begin to join on the stage and warm up for the concert. As each one comes out, we learn in beautiful language and pictures about the instrument and its special place in the orchestra. Children learn both numerical counting and what various groups are called: solo, duo, trio, quartet, etc.As an orchestra member myself, I was amazed at the accuracy of how the author has used words to describe the instruments. One of my favorite parts of listening to a performance is the warm up time rather than the actual performance. Each instrument is singing its own song and yet they all blend into this unique music that you realize will never be played again.This book could be used to teach counting, musical terms, or the differences between instruments. However, I really imagine letting this book be performed. Team up with the orchestra teacher and ask if the school orchestra would perform for your class. As you read about the violin soaring high, the students hear the ¿Zin! Zin! Zin!¿ sounds of a real violin. Let a flute really set a child's soul a-shivering. After a piece, let the children stand to their feet and cry, ¿Encore!¿
gkuhns on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book introduces the instruments and sounds of a chamber orchestra as they appear for a concert. It also provides a clever counting exercise, as the stage fills with more and more musicians and their instruments. As a creative counting book for young readers, this book lacks a specific theme, literary point of view or realistic characters. However, its illustrations are skillful in putting the jazzy, fluid idea of music into pictures. They also serve to create an interesting setting, where musicians are as funky as their instruments. Even more effective are the alliterative and rhyming words that the author uses to describe each instrument in detail.
LisaBohman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a Caldecott Honor about individual instruments that form an orchestra. The story is told in a poetic and flowing way, describing each instrument and what it sounds like. The artwork in this book is full of vibrant colors and watercolor illustrations. This book teaches children about musical instruments and musical groups, such as duos, trios, quartets, and ends with an entire orchestra.
marenh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
4Q 4PWritten in engaging verse with colorful descriptions of the instruments. The illustrations are boldly colored and show a lot of movement. Several concepts are introduced, including musical instruments, counting, and names for ensembles with different numbers of players. A lot of different elements invite dialogic reading.Are too many concepts introduced?Sometimes there is A LOT going on in the illustrations. Is it maybe too much?"Gleeful, bleating, sobbing, pleading, through its throbbing double-reeding" -- What do you think of this description of an oboe?
224perweek More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this book. The wording and the pictures are wonderful. It is not only a counting book but also a book to use to learn about music.
reececo331 More than 1 year ago
Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Lloyd Moss, Marjorie Priceman (Illustrations) used in teaching onomatopoeia and words that make sounds , a music text book to teach about signs of music
psycheKK More than 1 year ago
I love saying "Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin", so, of course, I love reading this book. Even if that particular phrase does not amuse you, there is still much to love about this book. It is a counting poem about musical instrument -- that should appeal to math-lovers, poetry-lovers and music-lovers. If you still aren't sold on this book, check out the frenetic and jazzy illustrations. Not only are they multi-national, they are multi-animaled. Pretty much, this book has universal appeal, and, as it is a Caldecott Honor Book, I am not alone in that assessment.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We started reading "Zin Zin" when my son was about 2 1/2 and at 5 he still asks to read this one regularly. I never tire of it's skillfully crafted verse - it's a favorite!
alisonmidkiff More than 1 year ago
I love how all of the instruments are described in such detail and how Moss gives all the instruments almost their own personalities. I also like how he compares the instruments and tells of how they are alike and then also tells of their differences. He also incorporates numbers into the book as each instrument is added. Until he reaches "a chamber group of ten." The text is also presented in a very elegant like rhyme and it is just a fun book to read aloud. Children will love the bright illustrations and enjoy the whimsical text and pictures!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book to introduce your child to numbers and musical instruments. Scholastic also has this on certain DVD's or Insight Cable on Demand sometimes, with Marvin Hamlisch having done the arrangement. It's awesome!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like the colors. I wonder how they painted it. It's a book about people playing music and the words sound like music. They are such pretty people.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a delightful story with beautiful illustrations. The story is a great way to introduce musical terms and instruments into a child's life. A book that will be worth reading over and over again.