Saturday, November 20, 2010

Win 5 Hardback Books From Picture Window Books-Day 3--The String Family in Harmony!

3-The String Family in Harmony!

ChiIL Mama's giving away FIVE hardback children's books from Picture Window Books, a capstone imprint, this week.   We'll be reviewing a book a day through Tuesday on the days "bookending" Chicago's awesome Bookamania at Harold Washington Library this Saturday.   You can still enter to win 1 or all 5, through midnight 11/23.   Winners will be announced Wednesday.

Day 1-In One Ear Out the Other--ENTER HERE

Day 2-The Eco-Family's Guide to Living Green--ENTER HERE

Day 3-The String Family in Harmony!   Comment below.

Hey all music loving families out there.   This colorful series brings instruments alive-literally.   They're all named and anthropomorphized.   Follow a literal "family" of instruments as they explore and explain the emotions in music, how harmony works and what instruments are made of.   We all enjoyed this colorful, fun book by Trisha Speed Shaskan.   It was enlightening and educational while still being lighthearted and entertaining.

Click HERE for sample pages and a Google Books review.

The String Family in Harmony! (Hardcover) 

 Trisha Speed Shaskan
Picture Window Books
A treat for your ears and eyes! With a ZING! ZING! and a BAH BAH BAH BAH! the finishing touches on the String family’s first art show are complete. See what makes these instruments the most colorful musical family around.

Want to win your own copy of The String Family in Harmony! ($18.49).   Comment below and leave your first name, e-mail, and what instruments you have in your home.

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  1. We have an African drum-a djembe, I believe it is called, and an eletric keyboard.

  2. We have drum, different kinds of shakers, tamborine, bells, whistles, ukalele and all of our pots, pans and spoons get used as instruments as well.

  3. Hello again. Well, I'm with you Lori - what isn't an instrument? Kiddo is pretty psyched to take the drumsticks to the couch, the trunk, the table, his leg, MY HEAD, you name it, and he played 'Ode to Joy' on the rubberband + stool contraption the other day. (No kidding - I could actually hear the tune, and you KNOW I'm trustworthy.) We've got violins, piano, drum machine, various drums, guitars, the odd flute and recorder, and god knows what lives in the play room. Had a really cool conversation yesterday about how the air vibrates inside a violin to make so much noise.

  4. We have a piano that no one knows how to play but we also have a violin that my son is learning on now. I follow you on twitter as @justicecw

  5. We have a learning drum and play table with little instruments my little ones press. But my kids favorite instruments are my pots & pans, with all of my cooking utensils as drumsticks.