Reviews for Pianos and Keyboards

Booklist Reviews 2011 October #1
This entry in the How the World Makes Music series provides an introduction to 14 keyboard instruments ranging from the familiar (piano and organ) to the less common (carillon, hurdy-gurdy, and celeste). Instruments are described on double-page spreads that provide definitions, two or three short paragraphs of text, and several illustrations. Clavichords, for example, were popular in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Europe; Handel smuggled one into his house and practiced secretly; and pedals help musicians to play two of them at once. The related spread also includes two photographs of instruments, and a labeled diagram. The text reads smoothly, the layout is attractive, and the appended glossary and list of websites will assist readers. More informative than Rita Storey's The Piano and Other Keyboard Instruments (2010), this will be useful for collections serving schools, especially those assigning instrument reports. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

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.