From the Set Musical Instruments
A very simple introduction to saxophones, 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.
- The Saxophone
- What Is a Saxophone?
- Different Kinds of Saxophones
- What Shape Are Saxophones?
- The Mouthpiece
- The Keys
- Playing the Saxophone
- Jazz Saxophone
- Other Woodwind Instruments
- To Learn More
- Index and About the Author
|Interest Level||Grade 3 - Grade 6|
|Reading Level||Grade 3|
|ATOS Reading Level||3.8|
|Guided Reading Level||P|
|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 Booklist on January 10, 2020
Meet the saxophone! This brassy woodwind gets the full treatment in this volume of the Musical Instruments series (12 titles). Whether curious about how it sounds or what it takes to play it, kids will find the answers to their questions in this primer. After explaining its inclusion in the woodwind instrument group, the saxophone types (soprano, alto, tenor, baritone) and primary components are outlined in succinct two-page chapters. These spreads contain a crisp photo on one page—often of a child playing the sax or of an instrument part, like the mouthpiece or keys—and one or two short paragraphs on the other. Many references are made to the saxophone’s ability to mimic human vocalizations and its prominence in marching and jazz bands. This is a solid choice for classroom units on music or to hand to children interested in choosing an instrument to play.
Author: Sharon Sharth
Sharon Sharth was an actor for twenty years starring on and off Broadway, and guest starring in numerous film and television roles before becoming a writer. She has written fifteen children's books for various publishers including RABBITS, WILDEBEESTS, JELLYFISH, FINCHES, ROBINS, SAXOPHONES, BRASS INSTRUMENTS, and the upcoming PAKISTAN for The Child's World. Ms. Sharth has been involved with children for many years as a Screen Actors Guild Book Pal reader where she reads books to elementary school students. She is a certified scuba diver and has worked with dolphins at the Kewalo Basin Marine Mammal Laboratory in Hawaii. For the Circle Rep West Theatre Company in Los Angeles she has written a series of plays, and her short story, 'Most Quiet,' was published in the literary magazine, Lines in the Sand. Ms. Sharth recently won the Young Adult Fiction Award from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators for her manuscript, WILD MIND.