From the Set Musical Instruments
A very simple introduction to pianos, their history, what they sound like, what they look like, and how they are played. Additional features to aid comprehension include a table of contents, a phonetic glossary, informative captions and sidebars, sources for further research including websites, an index, and an introduction to the author.
- Secret Strings
- The Keyboard
- The Strings
- Why Is a Piano Made of Wood?
- The Pedals
- Who Invented the Piano?
- The Shapes of Pianos
- Great Musicians
- Pianos and Music
- Other Instruments with a Keyboard
- To Learn More
- Index and About the Author
|Interest Level||Grade 3 - Grade 6|
|Reading Level||Grade 3|
|ATOS Reading Level||3.5|
|Guided Reading Level||O|
|Publisher||The Child's World, Inc.|
|Format||Reinforced book, Hosted ebook|
|Number of Pages||24, 24|
|Dimensions||8 x 9.5, 8 x 9.5|
|Graphics||Full-color photographs, Historical photographs|
A noteworthy review of Musical Instruments from Children's Bookwatch on September 1, 2019
Written for elementary student reading (grades 3-6), ‘Pianos’ is a color photo filled brief encyclopedia on acoustic pianos. The piano is a historic stringed instrument that uses hammers to hit strings that are activated by depressing keys on the keyboard. Thus it is also a percussive instrument. Chapters are presented on the secret of piano strings, the keyboard, the strings, why the piano is made of wood, the pedals, who invented the piano, the shapes of pianos, great musicians (includes Beethoven and Mozart), pianos and music, and other instruments with a keyboard (including the melodica, accordion, miniature piano, organ, and electronic piano. A glossary is included at the end plus a section titled To Learn More listing relevant books and web sites. ‘Pianos’ is an excellent resource on the instrument that also encourages readers to explore pianos further by taking piano lessons. Also highly recommended for family, school, and community library collections for young readers ages 8-11 are the following titles from the same musical instrument nonfiction series: ‘Violins (9781503831889),’ by Pamela K. Harris, ‘Recorders (9781503831902),’ by Kara L. Laughlin, ‘Drums (9781503831834),’ by Pamela K. Harris, ‘Saxophones (9781503831926),’ by Sharon Sharth, ‘Trombones (9781503831858),’ by Bob Temple, ‘Trumpets (9781503831969),’ by Pamela K. Harris, ‘Tubas (9781503831940),’ by Bob Temple, ‘Flutes (9781503831841),’ by Pamela K. Harris, ‘Guitars (9781503831933),’ by Kara L. Laughlin, ‘Cellos (9781503831872),’ by Kathryn Stevens, ‘Clarinets (9781503831896),’ by Pamela K. Harris.
Author: Pamela K. Harris
Pamela K. Harris grew up in Oregon and currently lives in Denver, Colorado. She directs a non-profit organization that provides early childhood education to children from low-income backgrounds. She has testified before Congress on the importance of early childhood education. She loves being a student herself and has a PhD in Educational Leadership.