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I Wonder Why Mice Are Musical: and Other Questions About Music

I Wonder Why Mice Are Musical: and Other Questions About Music

Josephine Paker
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 6 to 8
Kingfisher, 2007   ISBN: 978-0753460849

The world of music is full of fascinating stories, facts, and figures. There are so many different kinds of music, so many different instruments that you can play, and not surprisingly, people of all ages have lots of questions about music. As you watch a marching band, you may wonder how they are able to keep time. When you see a guitar, you may wonder if a guitar string really is made of string. Could a person who is deaf really compose music?

These questions and many more are answered in this excellent “I wonder why” title. Every double page spread focuses on one particular musical topic, answering several questions that are associated with that topic. In this way, readers will find out about woodwind instruments, drums, writing music, stringed instruments, music that tells stories and more.

In addition to the questions, each spread includes illustrations that have fact-filled annotations that are interesting and sometimes quite amusing.

With a well written text that focuses on topics that will interest young readers, this is a title that readers of all kinds will enjoy.