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The String Family in Harmony! (Musical Families) Library Binding – 1 Aug 2010

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Product details

  • Library Binding: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Picture Window Books (Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1404860436
  • ISBN-13: 978-1404860438
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 0.8 x 20.3 cm

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About the Author

When Trisha Speed Shaskan was a girl, she wanted to become a superhero. Her mother gave her a Wonder Woman costume. Her dad crafted her a tiara and bracelets out of metal to match. Trisha imagined she could fight evil, fly an invisible airplane, and get anyone to tell the truth. While she didn t grow up to be Wonder Woman, she still uses her imagination to write stories and to teach creative writing. Trisha has taught creative writing to children and adults for thirteen years. She has published 26 books for children, and more are forthcoming. She has an MFA in creative writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Trisha currently lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Stephen, and their cat, Eartha, named after Eartha Kitt, famous for her role as Catwoman.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative 6 Mar. 2012
By Allison - Published on
Format: Library Binding Verified Purchase
I'm a music teacher, and I bought this book, along with 2 others in the series, to help me teach each instrument family to my students.

The book has really great factual information in it! It gives each instrument a name (like Bella or Max) and a personality that matches its timbre/tone color (which is a really smart way of describing timbre to little ones!). It talks about the technical aspects of each instrument; relative size, materials, mechanisms, how it's played, all in a very accessible way. There's even an index, glossary, and reference website in the back.

The one thing I'm not crazy about is the illustrations. They depict each instrument as having a head and arms so they can play themselves...which doesn't make a lot of sense, and because of that, they never really talk about the instrumentalist's position when playing (i.e. standing for double bass, between the knees for cello, etc.)

I would recommend this book mostly for 2nd or 3rd graders, maybe 1st and 4th graders.
5.0 out of 5 stars Whoops! Publishing error! 8 Nov. 2012
By M. Heiss - Published on
Format: Library Binding
I love this series for studying the orchestra. The "characters" are instruments, and they are well-described as to their looks and sounds.

Pages 1-16 of my book are printed correctly. Pages 17-32 of my book actually belong to the "Brass Family on Parade" book by the same author, and vice-versa. That book has pages 17-32 of this book. It's no problem because I have both books, and it's kind of fun for my family of good-natured boys. Just wanted to point it out.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 21 May 2014
By Elizabeth Brewster - Published on
Format: Library Binding Verified Purchase
This is a great book to use in the music classroom. My students love learning about instruments that make beautiful music!
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