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This review is from: The Musical Life of Gustav Mole (Child's Play Library) (Paperback)
A magical, wonderful tale of the life of Gustav mole beginning with Gustav as a baby shaking a rattle and then it tells of his encounters as he grows up in the world of music. From the point of view of the teacher, it covers SO much ranging from what it is like to learn to play an instrument, to names and sounds of all the instruments of the orchestra; from attending concerts of differing styles to exploring how events in his life are accentuated by the happiness/sadness of the music he hears or plays. From the point of view of the listener, (young or old!)although it is a gentle, simple tale, it is guarenteed to heighten the emotions with the use and effects of the music and you find yourself really empathising with the little mole and desperately wanting him to suceed with his musical life and thankfully, it has an ending leaving you feeling warm and happy inside! Perhaps more suitable for older keystage 1 and above, as it is fairly long, but apart from that it is useful, entertaining and, reminds older cynics of, and introduces younger minds to, what music is generally all about and including - facts, and how it can make you feel!! The illustrations are detailed, but easy on younger eyes and give plenty of useful information. The book can be used on it's own as a story book but reaches it's fullest potential when used with the story/music tape. Accessible to musicians and non-musicians alike, both adults and children can enjoy this book. I certainly have never tired of it and have used it as both parent and teacher.
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