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  • Hardcover: 68 pages
  • Publisher: Naxos Books; Har/Com edition (2 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843791188
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843791188
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 25.4 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An exuberant and fascinating introduction to instruments, melodies and composers alike - Handel, Brahms, Stravinsky, John Adams are all included - and comes with a CD, the carefully chosen tracks dovetailing nicely with the text. --Judith Woods

For younger listeners, My First Classical Music Book by Genevieve Helsby combines a picture book and a 69-minute CD in a venture that gives the project of introducing children to proper music its biggest boost since Peter and the Woolf. Dotted among Jason Chapman's lively illustrations are some facts even grown-ups won't know...and there is even a game attempt to evoke the special quality of minimalist music: "Listening to it is like staring at a fire, or at the sea; you find yourself stuck there, just watching, listening...'. Helsby does an excellent job of making classical msuic accessible and entertaining, with well-chosen CD tracks that kick off with the theme music from the Harry Potter films (by Carl Davis) and follow up with a rousing greatest-hits selection from Offenbach's Can-Can to Saint-Saens's animals, and just a small sample of the dread minimalism thrown in. A sticker on the cover recommends it for ages five to seven, though it would entertain anyone with a few gaps in their knowledge to plug and a few hours of summer leisure time to while away. --Karen Robinson, The Sunday Times

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By R. L. Smith on 19 Feb. 2009
Format: Hardcover
What a gem! This book will delight children and adults alike with its colourful, clear and fun approach to classical music.

Clearly laid out, each double page is devoted to a particular topic, with friendly animals to guide the way with interesting and quirky facts, and questions to encourage children to think about where and how they might hear music, all illustrated beautifully and accompanied by musical examples on cd.

There's a wide range of music, from the familiar Peter and the Wolf (used to illustrate the wind instrument section), to less familiar yet accessible pieces by Telemann, Glazunov and Granados, which should keep even musical parents interested!

With enough here to make for several readings (you probably wouldn't want to do it all in one sitting), this book has become a firm favourite in our household. Thoroughly recommended.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By H. M. DAVIES on 16 Feb. 2009
Format: Hardcover
A lovely book, just what I was looking for to enjoy with my little granddaughter. The illustrations are a delight - any child would love the animals which are found throughout, sometimes in unexpected places. As a teacher I value its excellent organisation & its approach to learning about music by making it such fun. A real gem.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Fahrenheit452 on 16 Feb. 2009
Format: Hardcover
My 6 year-old son and I are very much enjoying this book, listening to the music and talking about it (particularly trying to identify the instruments!).

We love the variety of the music, from John William's Harry Potter to a Mozart opera and Prokofiev's Peter and the wolf. You need that variety to give children the range of classical music, but to take it all in at once can seem disjointed.

The key is to take it slowly and work your way through it thoughtfully over time. If you do and really listen closely to the pieces it can lead to some remarkably insightful discussions. And it is fun!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Godsall on 5 Oct. 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I read a review in a newspaper about this book several months ago and decided to buy one as a birthday present for a 5 year old boy . It is a wonderful book , laid out well and the illustrations are great too . The chapters are well defined , a very enjoyable book to look at and discover music , composers and instruments . I thought this book was so delightful that I bought another one for a christmas present for a 6 year old girl.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Sophie Kirk on 25 Feb. 2009
Format: Hardcover
What a wonderful book! Put this as a must-have on all birthday lists this year. I very much enjoyed the logical structure and beautiful illustrations. As a music teacher I'm always keen to introduce classical music to my nieces and nephews and this provides a fun and interesting way of doing so. The well-chosen excerpts and carefully thought-out questions from the 'music bird' lead to further questioning and desire to investigate other pieces of music. I have to admit to developing a soft spot for the double bass playing polar bear too!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Guy on 3 May 2012
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Delivery: less than 24 hours on the free delivery option is quite some going by any standards!

Book/Disc: To see my 6 year old boy's eyes light up and dive right into reading/listening was the best reward any well intentioned parent could wish for.

- Beautifully and imaginatively illustrated
- Super cross section of repertoire, attractively described in the book with quality performances on the disc
- Quality, hard back publication
- At 5-6 pounds, the best value investment in their cultural life
- It's FUN! :-)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LondonLeezer on 17 July 2009
Format: Hardcover
My daughter is 5 years old and heard the CD/read the book when she was at a friends. She kept talking about it so I bought one for her (and a couple to give as b'day gifts!) We often listen to the CD while eating meals and she recognizes various composers and knows which sounds she enjoys the most. The book gives lots of interesting easy to digest facts about different composers and styles of music. I've learned quite a bit too! The parents of the friends she gave it to as presents, have raved about it too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Susan E. Garner on 17 May 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book gives a clear, entertaining introduction into all aspects of classical music-Types of music, instruments and composers. Each piece is just the right length for the age of child the book is aimed at and the C.D. provides activity as well as reading and listening. Our favorite page is the Can Can "lets dance the Can Can again" is the cry to a weary Grandma!
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