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Summary: Meet the inventors and innovators who defined American music history. From Steinway pianos and Zildjian cymbals to Martin guitars, Ludwig drums, and Moog synthesizers, the story behind these iconic instruments is laid out in full detail with plenty of photos and illustrations. This is a nonfiction picture book offering music history.
Type of Reading: family reading, independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 9 and up; read yourself: 10 and up
Interest Level: 10 and up
Reading Level: 8
Age of Child: Read by a 10-year-old boy.
Young Reader Reaction: My neighbor’s son plays the guitar so I showed him the book and let him read it. He loved it!
Adult Reader Reaction: What a wonderful book! I found the book fascinating.The personalities of the individuals and how their innovations moved the music industry forward makes for some very interesting reading. Both young people and adults will enjoy this book.
Pros: This is a fascinating book that anyone will enjoy ... particularly those who love listening to music or who play an instrument. It is perfect for the classroom, research, home schooling, or a musician's personal library.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is fascinating reading that everyone will enjoy. This is an excellent choice for dormant readers who like music.
Educational Themes: There is so much you can do to explore music and bring history to life: find and listen to songs to hear the specific instruments; create home-made versions of the instruments; or go to a concert!
Notes: Bob Walch, Monterey, California, sent us this review. Bob's reviews appear in the Salinas Californian, Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, Aptos Times, Ride/Western Times and Coast Views Magazine. His online reviews can be found at MyShelf, Roundtable Reviews, Parent Click, Midwest Book Review, and I Love a Mystery.