What do I love about this book:
- The characters. Their names are fun to say, and create images as you read.
- The lessons it teaches. Martin is small, and over looked among the other instruments, but Mr. Benninato is encouraging to Martin. This teaches patience, good things come to those who wait. The seasoned violin, Strada also gives Martin inspiration to step up. This helps kids realize their elders do offer wisdom and encouragement.
- The way the music store comes to life. All children love to imagine what happens when the store is dark, and the people have gone. The instruments in this story to come life with a concert each evening, and the same guy always wins (is he the store bully?), until one night....
- The artwork. It is colorful, playful and delightful. The illustrator, Brian Barr, teaches at Georgia Highlands in Rome!
- The accompanying CD. The music doesn't go with the story page by page like many children's books, but it takes the listener into the world of Martin.
- Berry students were involved in the process of putting this book together. Liz Robbins and Wes Scheidt are music education majors, and have been assistants in the Kindermusik classroom! Berry College educates the head, heart, and hands!
If you would like a copy of this book, they will be available at Kindermusik of Berry College in mid-September. Look for additional information about a special SIGNING day with Mr. Musselwhite. Meet Mr. M, hear the music LIVE, and get your book autographed too!