Make music with this hands-on introduction to the four instrument families: drums, horns, strings, and voice in this new board book series by a world-renown music educator.
What do a trumpet, a tuba, and a conch shell have in common? They are all horns! This first introduction to instruments in the horn family begins with a simple explanation of what defines a horn. Young readers are then invited on a global exploration of a variety of brass and wind instruments and are encouraged to find horns of their own in the world around them.
Each title in the THIS IS MUSIC series features an interactive novelty musical element that invites the reader to "play" the book!
About the Author
Dr. Rekha S. Rajan is a musical theater and operatic performer, early childhood educator, professor, and author of a number of publications on the arts in education. She is the recipient of several grants, including a two-year research grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, has performed in a variety of venues, including Carnegie Hall and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and sits on various statewide curriculum boards. Rekha specializes in introducing children to the arts. Her debut children’s book, AMAZING LANDMARKS (Scholastic, 2022), is a STEAM compendium of the stories behind how and why 10 iconic landmarks were built. Her parenting book THE READ ALOUD FACTOR (Chicago Review Press, 2022) will provide a modern, inclusive approach to establishing read aloud routines for busy families, featuring diverse reading lists, using music, working around technology, and addressing multilingual dynamics. Rekha’s work consistently draws from her professional expertise as an educator and performer, her South Asian heritage, and her abiding love of music. Rekha sings everyday with her husband and three children and when she’s not writing, she is playing the djembe, mridangam, trumpet, ukulele and piano.
Tania Yakunova is an award-winning illustrator from Kyiv, Ukraine. She finds her inspiration in avant-garde art and design of the 20th century. Her work spans from commercial illustration, book illustration, editorial illustration, poster design, packaging for clients all around the world to internationally exhibit personal works. Tania is an active member of the local artist community in the Ukraine and regularly gives lectures and workshops about illustration.
"Exuberant and participatory, like the music and instruments it showcases." --Kirkus
"This is a fun introduction to horns, with examples ranging from formal instruments to things you find in your house." -- Book Riot
"This first introduction to horns is a great way to teach young readers about musical instruments. The playful language and colorful illustrations make this a fun read for little ones and encourages them to find horns all around them!" -- KIDS Bookshelf
"This interactive board book encourages creative, musical play." --Publishers Weekly
"Music education is such an important element in a child’s life; this promising series allows the learning and playing to begin as early as possible." -- School Library Journal