Monday, September 24, 2007

Second Hand Score: Zin! Zin! Zin!

I'm a sucker for cruising the book section in second-hand stores. Walked away from one of my favourites the other day with a bag full 'o books, including some great kid's books I hadn't heard of or seen before. A little version of Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Lloyd Moss and illustrated by Marjorie Priceman caught my eye. This little gem was a Caldecott Honor Book from Simon & Schuster published in 1995. Teacher's must love this book, with it's cross-curricular links to music and math. Oh, look, there just happens to be Teacher's Guides on said subjects, music and math! Here's a taste of what's inside:

With mournful moan and silken tone,
Itself alone comes ONE TROMBONE
Gliding, sliding, high notes go low;

Next, a TRUMPET comes along,
And sings and stings its swinging song.
It joints TROMBONE, no more alone,
And ONE and TWO-O, they're a DUO.

Fine FRENCH HORN, its valves all oiled,
Bright and brassy, loops all coiled,
Golden yellow; joins its fellows.
TWO, now THREE-O, what a TRIO!

Yup, they get up to nine (a NONET) and ten (A Chamber Group of Ten)!

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