Reviews for Drums and Percussion Instruments

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Spring
Each book provides several examples of the title instruments and how they are played around the world. Western classical music is consistently featured, but pop, folk, jazz, and religious music are also discussed, as are cultural variations and ancient and historical origins. Many captioned photographs, illustrations, and sidebars provide visual interest but also crowd the pages. Websites. Glos., ind. [Review covers these How the World Makes Music titles: Brass Instruments, Drums and Percussion Instruments, Pianos and Keyboards, Stringed Instruments, Voices and Singing, and Wind Instruments.]

Library Media Connection Reviews 2012 August/September
Veteran writer Anita Ganeri addresses world music through this series of six groups of instruments. Each book opens with an overview of the instrumental group presented and closes with vocabulary "Words to Remember." Interspersed throughout are sidebars with "Musical Notes" filled with interesting trivia. This is an impressive overview of music-making around the globe that has not been widely covered previously for this audience. Many of the instruments will be fascinatingly unfamiliar. Plentiful pictures, eye-catching graphics, and a simple prose style make these books a pleasure to peruse. Children, even reluctant readers, will find this series useful for school reports, but will also enjoy browsing the books for fun and unusual information. Websites. Index. Lonna Pierce, School Librarian, MacArthur Elementary School, Binghamton, New York. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Copyright 2012 Linworth Publishing, Inc.