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Rubin, Mark.

Illustrated by Alan Daniel. Toronto, Ground-wood, c1984. unpaged, paperbound boards, $10.95, ISBN 0-88899-009-X. Distributed by Douglas & McIntyre. CIP

Grades 1 and up
Reviewed by Bessie Egan

Volume 13 Number 3
1985 May

This is a unique non-fiction title designed for introducing young children to various groups of instruments, some basic musical concepts such as harmony, melody, tempo, and to the symphonic orchestra. The text is straightforward with accurate definitions, and each musical term is emphasized by capital letters, e.g. MELODY. The author has acknowledged the assistance of the resident conductor of the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the music consultant of the Toronto Board of Education.

Illustrations by Alan Daniel tell their own story and are independent of, although complementary to, the text. Daniel uses full-colour humorous drawings to depict two children who have an opportunity to meet a conductor and handle various musical instruments and who, at the end of the story, attend a concert.

Public and school librarians will welcome this title as an excellent introduction to music appreciation for a young audience. A fun-filled book, which may be used in a musical story time along with i>The Philharmonic Gets Dressed by Karla Kuskin (Harper, 1982).

Bessie Egan, Winnipeg P.L, Winnipeg, Man.
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