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Kids love music. They're natural singers and dancers, and they improvise every time they play. They were born for jazz! And Welcome to Jazz was made for them. A follow-up to Welcome to the Symphony - with over 70,000 copies in print - Welcome to Jazz is also written by music educator Carolyn Sloan, and uses Symphony's ingenious, interactive picture-book-and-sound-chip format. Structured around the iconic song When the Saints Go Marching In, Welcome to Jazz narrates the story of jazz and discusses what the audience is hearing as the band begins to play. Best of all, the sound chips actually demonstrate what's happening - what vocal scatting sounds like, how to pick out a swing beat, and the tones of different instruments, from the trumpet to the clarinet. And in the end, kids can sing along with the band in a traditional call-and-response verse.
This charming and interactive picture book with sound panel is like a ticket to a concert hall. Narrated by three mice, Welcome to the Symphony takes readers on a journey that begins with the musicians tuning up. Readers learn the basics: What is a conductor? What is a symphony? Who was Beethoven? The elements of music: melody, harmony, tempo. The families of instruments - strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. But the best part is that every idea is illustrated in sound. Nineteen sound buttons allow readers to actually hear the different parts and voices of the music. The famous beginning of the Fifth, what a clarinet sounds like, what a melody is, and what harmony is. Kids will want to match their voices to the A note that the concertmaster plays to tune the orchestra, dance to the full-throated passages and, of course, sing along to da-da-da-daah!
Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. When Jamie's mum brings home a Chameleon in Jamie and the Chameleon, he can't resist letting it out of its cage. However, Jamie soon regrets this as he realises what makes chameleons so difficult to find! Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.