Reviews for What in the World Is a Piano?

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall
Each instrument and its parts are shown in clear, well-labeled color photos. The information in the text is good but very minimal, and the book design is overly busy. Numerous photos showing the instrument being played by several different children seem superfluous. Ridiculous questions at the end test reading comprehension. ("Ms. Evans is Wyatt s violin teacher. True or False?") Glos. [Review covers these Super Sandcastle: Musical Instruments titles: What in the World is a Clarinet?, What in the World is a Guitar?, What in the World is a Piano?, and What in the World is a Violin?.]

School Library Journal Reviews 2012 September

K-Gr 2--Each offering asks the title question and answers it with a series of simple sentences that describe the main parts of the instrument, other forms of the instrument, and how it is played. Approximately four spreads of images demonstrate the instrument as it is played and enjoyed by various children or adults. The font is large, and unusual pronunciations are sounded out by syllable for readers. All of the photographic images are explained; magnified, sectional views of each instrument enable youngsters to view details and understand descriptions--e.g., guitar strings across frets, piano hammers and strings, a tennis shoe pressing a pedal, or mosaic detail around a drumhead. Useful additions for young music lovers.--Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX

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