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Did you know that fellow? Well…he swallowed a cello! And this is not the end. With every page, our shy fellow swallows another instrument. Then the author links that new intrument with the previous page through rhymes. I love music books where the rhymes float like music! This is the case with this one!
Young children love to be funny and goofy! This book will give them the opportunity to have a good time!
The rhymes in the book are lovely! The patterns and rhymes will help your child with reading!
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This is one of my favorite children’s music books! The story is absolutely wonderful! Both your child and you will enjoy reading it. The story can be a starting point to discuss both music, the value of persistence, and music as a way to bring piece.
The mole, the main character in the book, sees a beautiful violinist pay on the TV. He orders a violin. After a long wait the violin finally arrives. The mole starts practicing. At the beginning, it is hard. But the mole keeps up with the practice.
As the mole gets better and better, he starts thinking what it would be like to play for people. He starts seeing his music as a way to affect his surroundings. He discovers that music can “melt away people’s anger and sadness”.
Thinking about the benefits of music bring piece to the mole.
Funnily the story of the mole mirrors my own teaching and what I see in students through my work. At the beginning, there is the rush and enthusiasm of getting something new, a new violin. Then we need to work on consistency and regular practice in order to go to the next level. The initial rush of wanting to play an instrument is replaced with work on persistence. If this is done correctly, there is a point where it all start coming naturally and enjoyment from playing the instrument takes place. As the student is older and more advanced, I start talking about meaningful ways to perform by playing for others, playing for the less fortunate, exposing younger children to music and music books through projects, etc. We start looking at music beyond the music itself.
- If your child is studying an instrument this book will indirectly help their enthusiasm for playing.
- If your child is not in music yet, you can use this book to see if they may be interested in playing the violin.
- If your child has other interests, then you can read the book with them and talk about the benefits of music and the way the arts can bring piece and happiness in people’s lives.