Moses Goes to a Concert

Isaac Millman, Author, Isaac Millman, Illustrator
Isaac Millman, Author, Isaac Millman, Illustrator Farrar Straus Giroux $17 (40p) ISBN 978-0-374-35067-3
Reviewed on: 04/20/1998
Release date: 04/01/1998
Prebound-Other - 978-0-606-24350-6
Paperback - 40 pages - 978-0-374-45366-4
Prebound-Glued - 40 pages - 978-0-613-53841-1
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The seemingly incongruous premise of this harmonious debut--a class of deaf children attends an orchestral concert--leads to a revelation for readers who may well have assumed that the ability to hear is a prerequisite for enjoying music. Holding balloons that their teacher passes out to help them ""feel the music,"" Moses and his classmates are thrilled to pick up the vibrations. Afterward, they visit with the orchestra's deaf percussionist, who, intriguingly, performs in stocking feet so she, too, can feel the beat. She lets the students play her instruments and, using American Sign Language (precisely illustrated in easy-to-read diagrams), explains how she worked hard to achieve her career goal. Back home, Moses tells his parents about his day, signing a message of universal value: ""When you set your mind to it, you can become anything you want."" An introductory note explains how to interpret the sign-language diagrams, which are integrated throughout the clear and colorful illustrations. Fiction and instruction make beautiful music together on these cheerful pages. Ages 5-up. (Apr.)
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