Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin
by Lloyd Moss
I stumbled across this book while on a search for books about violins. I love it! The book begins with a single trombone playing, then more instruments are added one at a time until ten are playing together in a chamber group. While the numbers 1-10 are used, new ways of conveying numbers are also expressed with solo, duo, trio, etc. In addition to instruments my son recognized: trumpet, violin; new ones were introduced as well: oboe, bassoon. The adjectives used to describe each instrument and the sound that it makes are fantastic. You can almost hear the music as you read the pages! Once all 10 instruments were displayed we discussed the similarities and differences among the categories: string, brass, and wind. We worked on addition, too: 3 stringed + 3 brass + 4 wind = 10 instruments. The same thing could be done with the color of the instruments, gender of the musician, direction the instrument is held (horizontal vs vertical) etc. It gave my son a big vote of confidence that he always knew they would add to 10. I love using books to teach!
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