My First Classical Music Book - Genevieve Helsby and Jason Chapman

Sing, dance, and play along with My First Classical Music Book and CD (Naxos Books, $12.99). Learn when and where you might hear classical music—you might be surprised. Learn about classical composers, listen to selections from their works and ponder questions about their music. Learn about the main instruments in classical music and listen for them in various pieces. Genevieve Helsby’s engaging book contains important facts and fascinating trivia. Jason Chapman’s illustrations are funny and inviting. Ages 5-10.

Stories from the Billabong - James Vance Marshall and Francis Firebrace

Long, long ago, the Aboriginal people of Australia told stories that explained the origins of the natural world, such as how the earth began, how the kangaroo got her pouch, and why the platypus is such a special creature. The stories were told by word of mouth, generation after generation. These Stories From The Billabong (Frances Lincoln, $19.95) have been collected and retold by James Vance Marshall, who prefaces each story with interesting background information. Aboriginal artist Francis Firebrace’s illustrations are full of Aboriginal symbols, whose meanings readers can decipher using the guide at the back of the book. Ages 5 up.
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ISBN: 9781847801241
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - August 24th, 2010

The Mysteries of Beethoven's Hair - Russell Martin and Lydia Nibley

Dressed in green surgical scrubs, a mask and gloves, scalpel in hand, Dr. Guevara approaches the sterile table. He is not performing surgery, but this task is just as delicate. Dr. Guevara is opening a 170-year-old locket containing Ludwig van Beethoven’s hair. When Beethoven died, 15-year-old musical protégé Ferdinand Hiller cut a lock of Beethoven’s hair and placed it in a locket for safekeeping. Now Dr. Guevara hopes to unlock The Mysteries Of Beethoven’s Hair (Charlesbridge, $15.95). Forensic tests might help explain Beethoven’s deafness, his emotional difficulties and his illnesses. Russell Martin and Lydia Nibley interweave aspects of the brilliant composer’s life, modern history and present-day scientific methods in this fascinating book. Ages 10-14.
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ISBN: 9781570917141
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Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - February 1st, 2009