The Book Report
Not only does music have charms that soothe and relax, but it can also unlock new worlds for kids! Here are two books that do just that.
Origins of Chinese Music
(for ages 10 and up)
written by Lim S K, illustrated by Fu Chunjiang
Can you tell the difference between the guqin (ancient zither), the guse (ancient plucked zither) and the guzheng (ancient plucked string zither)? Did you know that some Chinese instruments were once made from bone? Or the story of how two phoenixes helped a legendary figure bring music to China? Kids who love music will enjoy this title from Singapore’s Asiapac series on Chinese culture. Origins of Chinese Music includes facts about classical masterpieces and how Chinese instruments evolved over time – all presented with manga-style illustrations! Engagingly written, this book will open young readers’ eyes to the rich world of Chinese music.
Conclusion: Perfect for kids interested in more than Mandopop
RMB 112 at Garden-Books
Junie B., First Grader: One-Man Band
(for ages 4-8)
written by Barbara Park, illustrated by Denise Brunkus
The irrepressible Junie B. Jones is determined to be a star in One-Man Band, but she keeps tripping herself up! First she injures her big toe when she decides to kick something that turns out to be surprisingly heavy, and the result is that she’s unable to participate in the kickball tournament. She could be a cheerleader, but that just isn’t her style. Then music offers her a potential star turn – she could be in the halftime show! As always, Junie prevails with humor and sass. The authentic voice of this book series captures the spirit and sensibility of children.
Conclusion: Kids will enjoy Junie’s high jinks and learn about grammar, too
RMB 36 at Garden Books