This Is Music: Strings

Penguin Workshop/Rise X. (This Is Music). Jul. 2023. 26p. Board $9.99. ISBN 9780593387047.
PreS-K–Children love music and the earlier they are introduced to it, the better! Strings is one in the “This is Music” series of board books featuring the four instrument families. Rajan introduces readers to the guitar, violin, sitar, liuqin, the piano, and more. Each spread shows a child holding and playing an instrument which is paired with a text explaining the fundamental technique. Yakunova couples somewhat realistic depictions of the string instruments with stylized human figures. The outcome is a fun and informative illustration that supports a clear and concise text. As a bonus, readers are given brief instructions for making a tissue box string instrument and can also put a rubber band on the book to strum.
VERDICT Music education is such an important element in a child’s life; this promising series allows the learning and playing to begin as early as possible.

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