Ralph loves the tuba. Maureen fancies the flute. Betsy likes the glockenspiel, and for Calvin it's the drum. Belinda prefers the trombone, Harry craves a clarinet, and Sam longs for a saxophone. And then there's Mae McCall-a natural born leader with a baton.
What's a group like this to do? Form a marching band, of course. It's not all beautiful music at first-when the kids play, the grown-ups cringe and cover their ears. But these kids aren't giving up, and before long they have even the mayor convinced that practice does make perfect!
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Lloyd Moss is host of The New York Times' classical music station WQXR and is the author of Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin.From School Library Journal:
K-Gr 3-How do the young instrument-toting hopefuls who appear on the front endpapers of this musical story transform themselves into the energetic, smartly uniformed band racing across the back endpapers? "By never veering,/Persevering, early morn 'til late," from fall to spring. At first the efforts of Harry Horner, Shavaun O'Shea, Ralph Rosenstock, and their friends to learn to play their instruments disturb the neighbors, as, sobbing and tearing their hair they complain, "Confound that noise!/Those girls and boys are driving us insane!" But finally, their long hours of practice pay off and their melodious sounds so impress the mayor that she invites them to play in the Fourth of July parade. The silliness of the rhyming text, replete with alliteration and assonance, is echoed in Bluthenthal's zany cartoon watercolor illustrations. The pictures are large, many of them double-page spreads, and feature notes dancing across pages, exasperated neighbors covering their ears with their hands and even newspapers, and, in the end, an exuberant crowd proudly cheering its young people on. Observant readers will find many comical touches in these pictures, including a runaway drum that its player never does get under control. For more musical merriment, pair this title with Harriet Ziefert's Animal Music (Houghton, 1999).
Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community College, CT
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