Leah Komaiko I like the music

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I like the music

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9780060232719: I like the music

A little girl who loves street music learns to love the symphony as well when her grandmother takes her to an outdoor concert.

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Leah Komaiko is the author of several popular rhyming books for children including Annie Bananie, a Children's Choice Award winner, and I Like the Music, a Reading Rainbow Review Book. She lives in Los Angeles, CA.

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PreSchool-Grade 1 A young girl is less than thrilled with her grandmother's choice of music for her. Grandma keeps taking her to the symphony, which she finds boring. The narrator much prefers the music of the street, as when ``the junk man finds a blues stick/ And shabops-it/ On the tops-it/ Of the garbage cans.'' At last Grandma suggests a night concert in the park which meets with the girl's ap proval, especially when the conductor chooses her to replace him on the podi um. The story is told in verse that has a pronounced cadence which quickly be comes tiresome. The rhymes are often forced, and often the words themselves seem meaningless rather than evoca tive, as when they reach the park ``the strings bow and pick it/ To the clicks of the cricket,/ And coyotes/ Sing their no teys/ For the timpani.'' While the timpa ni do appear in the illustrations several pages later, nowhere is there a coyote in this totally urban setting. Westman's brightly colored cartoons are appealing, reminding one of Byron Barton's work in books such as Wheels (Crowell, 1979), but they cannot make up for the banal verse they accompany. Eleanor Schick's One Summer Night (Greenwil low, 1977; o.p.) is a better treatment of a similar theme. Elaine Fort Weische del, Turner Free Library, Randolph, Mass.
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