Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin
Lloyd Moss. Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, $18.99 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-671-88239-6
As kids today would say is boss.
Its clever, jazzy verse presents
(In language that is never dense)
A helpful intro to each orchestra instrument -
How some are alike, but rather more are different.
He starts with the trombone's ""mournful moan,""
Playing solo (i.e., alone);
Then adds a trumpet, French horn and cello-
All sounding forth a signature ""hello.""
Each musical portrait (in quatrains) abounds
With perfectly chosen, alliterative sounds.
Thus the flute, notes Moss, ""sends our soul a-shiver;
Flute, that slender silver sliver.""
And Priceman's zany art's just right,
With loose-limbed figures taking flight
Around each spread in garb bizarre-
As if proving how funky musicians are.
With every new instrument joining the throng
Of diligent players practicing song,
Moss incorporates numbers and stops only when
His team finally reaches a ""chamber group of ten.""
So the book can be used as a counting tool
(A great way to perk up a dull day at school):
But it really works best, it's easy to see,
As a deft means of meeting the symphony.
So plentiful praise to this finely matched pair,
Whose pictures and words show unusual flair.
Reviewed on: 02/27/1995
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