Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin (Book & Cassette)

Composer: 
Marvin Hamlisch
Artist Group: 
Read by Maureen Anderman
Publisher: 
Weston Woods
Publisher Catalog Number: 
RAC 386
Length in minutes: 
9
ISBN: 
1555920470
Large image: 
List Price: 
12.95
Rating: 
5
Awards: 
alanotablechildren'srecording
Publication Date: 
1999
Miscellaneous: 
check to see if avail at B&N store - and see what ISBN is

Age Range:

Short Review: 
One by one, different instruments of the orchestra add their distinctive voices to a musical performance, from a trombone solo to a chamber group of ten. This audio adaptation combines Moss’ clever rhymes with music by Marvin Hamlisch to bring this celebration of classical music to life for young music lovers.
Long Review: 

One by one, different instruments of the orchestra add their distinctive voices to a musical performance, from a trombone solo to a chamber group of ten, including “FLUTE, that sends our soul a-shiver; / FLUTE, that slender, silver sliver. / A place among the set it picks / To make a young SEXTET – that’s SIX” and “With steely keys that softly click, / Its breezy notes so darkly slick, / A sleek, black, woody CLARINET / Is number SEVEN – now SEPTET.” New York classical music radio personality Lloyd Moss wrote these clever rhymes that capture the shape, sound, and essence of each instrument, while at the same time giving an introduction to numbers and the names of groups of performers, from one to ten. Read with rhythm and a quiet panache by Maureen Anderman, Moss’ rhymes are joined by the spirited music of Marvin Hamlisch, making each instrument, as well as the entire chamber group come alive. This is an example of an audio adaptation that actually augments the book – because this book is about the joy and wonder of music, it really adds something to hear the instruments as you’re reading about them. And you’ll want to read along as you’re listening, so as not to miss Marjorie Priceman’s fanciful Caldecott Honor winning illustrations, bursting with energy and color. This lively introduction to the instruments of the orchestra is a treat for eyes and ears. The story is read through completely on both sides of the cassette: one side includes the addition of audible cues (here a zippy zylopone riff) to prompt younger listeners to turn the pages at the appropriate time. While this book / cassette package is not available through the major online book vendors, you might be able to purchase it at your local children’s bookstore – and you should be able to find it at your local public library!

Reviewer: 
Lauren Mayer