Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Tooters, Tweeters, Strings and Beaters

Tooters, tweeters, strings and beaters
Allen L. Richardson ~ Art Seiden ~ Grosset & Dunlap, 1964

From the accordion to the xylophone, if you're looking for a lesson in the musical instruments of a traditional symphony for your child, search no further. The tale is told in rhyme (not the best rhyme in the world, mind you, but sufficient enough to do the job), and each instrument has a corresponding poem. The pictures are a medley of real photographs of instruments and drawings of people and animals getting down with said instruments. In the back is a series of games for kids to test their knowledge.

All around -
They make such pretty sounds!
We hear them every night and day -
While at work and while at play.

"What are they like?" you may ask.
That's why you have this book!...
So you can call each one by name
When you hear them, touch them, or look.

This kid on the banjo here totally reminds me of Bud Cort in Harold and Maude. Every time I get to this page I can't help but laugh. I am literally counting the minutes until I can let my son in on the joke. Though I haven't yet found the boy stringing rubbers bands over cardboard boxes to make music, I am still holding on to hope that he will be musically inclined in some way. A little Steve Martin banjo action would be OK by me.

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Counting Rhymes

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