As the title suggests, this is really a book for the beginner. It has a straightforward and easy to follow approach, which covers everything from how to hold the instrument, how to play basic notes, to introducing simple tunes. It is clearly laid out, so you can easily help your child learn the notes - or they can learn themselves if they are old enough to follow the text. There are lots of new tunes and also well known ones, including favourites such as "Hot Cross Buns" and "Old MacDonald". Once your child has mastered this book there are further books in the series, which gradually become harder. However, for a first book this is hard to beat.