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Music and the alphabet have always gone together. Don't kids learn their letters by singing the ABCs? But you've never seen--or heard--a musical alphabet like this one. Beloved tunes. Unusual instruments. Legendary virtuosos. From anthems to zydeco, the language of music and the music of language harmonize in one superb symphony. It's a funky fusion for songsters of all ag Music and the alphabet have always gone together. Don't kids learn their letters by singing the ABCs? But you've never seen--or heard--a musical alphabet like this one. Beloved tunes. Unusual instruments. Legendary virtuosos. From anthems to zydeco, the language of music and the music of language harmonize in one superb symphony. It's a funky fusion for songsters of all ages! Playful text opens up the world of music to the youngest readers, and conversational endnotes offer older readers a springboard to further musical explorations.


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Music and the alphabet have always gone together. Don't kids learn their letters by singing the ABCs? But you've never seen--or heard--a musical alphabet like this one. Beloved tunes. Unusual instruments. Legendary virtuosos. From anthems to zydeco, the language of music and the music of language harmonize in one superb symphony. It's a funky fusion for songsters of all ag Music and the alphabet have always gone together. Don't kids learn their letters by singing the ABCs? But you've never seen--or heard--a musical alphabet like this one. Beloved tunes. Unusual instruments. Legendary virtuosos. From anthems to zydeco, the language of music and the music of language harmonize in one superb symphony. It's a funky fusion for songsters of all ages! Playful text opens up the world of music to the youngest readers, and conversational endnotes offer older readers a springboard to further musical explorations.

30 review for M Is for Music

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    Really great alphabet book using musical terms. The illustrations are fantastic. And in our house, any book about music is a good book...

  2. 4 out of 5

    mary dewley

    M is for Music introduces children to musical terminology in a playful manner using the alphabet. At the end there is a glossary to explain some of the more obscure terms and names. The thick applications of paint and the decoupage illustrations reflect several different artistic styles. There are so many things to see within the paintings. I had to re-read it twice to locate all the terms that sometimes become mottled within the pictures.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Miss Sarah

    A musical abc where each page features a letter and simple words musically related to go with it. An afterward provides more explaination of all the words in the book. begining Preschool with afterward elementary

  4. 4 out of 5

    Danni Green

    I always enjoy a good alphabet book! The illustrations were a little overwhelming, I think they would have frightened me as a child. Some cultural diversity is represented in this book, but more would have improved it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Adkins

    M is for Music is an alphabet book. The text is simple and the illustrations also include other words that relate to music. This book is a great way to teach children about music and musicians.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin Chambers

    I really like how she integrates pop culture references as well as classical music information into this alphabet book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

    Citation: M is for Music, by Kathleen Krull. Illustrated by Stacy Innerst. (Harcourt, 2003). 56p. Alphabet. Summary: This book follows a traditional ABC format with a page or two for each letter of the alphabet. For each letter, the text lists one to five music-related words from all eras and genres of music. In addition, the illustrations include several more alphabetized, musical words, both painted as print words, and within the pictorial artwork. Critique: a) Stacy Innerst’s detailed oil paint Citation: M is for Music, by Kathleen Krull. Illustrated by Stacy Innerst. (Harcourt, 2003). 56p. Alphabet. Summary: This book follows a traditional ABC format with a page or two for each letter of the alphabet. For each letter, the text lists one to five music-related words from all eras and genres of music. In addition, the illustrations include several more alphabetized, musical words, both painted as print words, and within the pictorial artwork. Critique: a) Stacy Innerst’s detailed oil paintings on tin make this book stand apart from other ABC books. To each of the author’s basic musical terms, Innerst includes unique and advanced terms to fit that letter, both creatively placed as part of the artwork, and seemingly dancing around the margins of each page. His muted colors create a seek-and-find quality for the words, inviting the reader to look for the hidden words. It is these additional musical words that extend this book from a basic early reader, to a book appropriate and inviting for all ages. b) From the first illustration, letter A, Innerst’s surrealistic interpretation of an accordion, painted red with white stars to recognize the author’s inclusion of “anthem,” is stretched across the page to draw the reader’s eye to even more impressive A words like “allegro,” “a cappella,” and “aria.” Each page is a new revelation of creativity. The B page features each of the four Beatles with realistic heads placed atop bumblebee bodies, while more bumblebees labeled with the names Bach, Brahms, and Beethoven hover above. Sprinkled at random between are simple B words like “band” and “beat,” as well as B words that invite more discussion and reflection like “ballad,” “bassoon,” and “broadway.” On occasion, the very simplicity of the author’s text, combined with the detail and tone of the illustration led me to wonder if the author would have intended to have such a “busy” or full illustration for each letter. The N page says only that “N is for The Nutcracker.” The matching illustration is a rather dark, creepy-looking Nutcracker with the word “notes” cracking between its teeth. c) One of the most creative illustrations is for letter Q, which the author includes “is for quartet and quintet.” Innerst’s corresponding painting is of four people, each playing a stringed instrument (as in a traditional quartet, two violins, a viola and a cello) shaped like a number four. The fifth person is off to the side with a number five on his lap. One of the most humorous pictures, for letter L, is a girl who has thrown her head back, ostensibly making a joyous noise, her round, open mouth includes the words, “L is for LOUD!” Her ear is framed on one side by “Listening,” and a tiny Mother Goose is shushing her, surrounded by the word “lullaby.” Curriculum Connection: Of course, this book would make a very interesting addition to a music classroom, and even includes a glossary at the end (for the author’s text). Beyond that, it would make a lovely non-fiction reader for elementary-aged students, particularly during a quiet reading time when they can just spend some time to soak in the illustrations.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jenna Satcher

    1.This book belongs to the Alphabet book category for picture books. 2.The alphabet is explored in this book through fun and playful musical language. From anthems to zydeco, the book gives the reader unusual instruments, famous musicians, and beloved songs as they transverse the alphabet. Each letter has multiple musical words that make that letter come to life in song! 3.Critique: A)One of the strongest aspects of this alphabet book are the words chosen to illustrate each letter. B)In some alphabe 1.This book belongs to the Alphabet book category for picture books. 2.The alphabet is explored in this book through fun and playful musical language. From anthems to zydeco, the book gives the reader unusual instruments, famous musicians, and beloved songs as they transverse the alphabet. Each letter has multiple musical words that make that letter come to life in song! 3.Critique: A)One of the strongest aspects of this alphabet book are the words chosen to illustrate each letter. B)In some alphabet books, only one word is given for each letter. In this book, each and every letter has at least 5 words throughout the page which start with that letter. The words on each page are all related to music in some way and are scattered throughout the page. Illustrations are given on the page for the words that have visual pictures, the other words are placed in appealing places and in fonts which help illustrate their meaning. C)One of my favorite pages in the book are the ones that go with the letter “B.” On pages 5 and 6, it says, “B is for Beatles.” Floating around the rest of the page are the words, “bass, banjo, band, blues, beat, bongo, ballad, bluegrass, bassoon, and Broadway.” There are also the names, “Beethoven, Brahms, and Bach,” on drawings of bees, with their head being the B and the first letter of the name of the composer. As you can see, just from one page. This book is chock full of vocabulary which really hits all aspects of music and helps the students begin to understand the letters presented! 4. Most obviously, this book could be used in a music classroom. It would be a great beginning of the school year book. The teacher could read the book and ask the students which words they might be curious to learn about. Based on their answers and the curriculum requirements, they would have a great year of learning about music. Some of the words incorporated are names of musicians and composers. Students could do a history activity where they research these people and make a presentation about them. Instead of presenting a normal oral presentation, the students could make songs to present what they learned. Students could also use the words that are presented for each letter and make songs for each letter of the alphabet to learn about their sounds while learning about music. This book could also be a great example book to create other similar alphabet books. The students could pick their favorite subject or topic and create a book with many words for each letter that relates to that topic! This could be done as a class, in pairs, or individually depending on the level of the students.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Ann

    This is a picture book for all ages. The text is sparse and simple, most often a one line like "B is for Beatles." The splendor and depth of this book comes from the illustrations. Wow what creativity! Oil paintings on tin with clever, unique, and sometimes humorous depictions of the main musical word for that letter. But it doesn't end there. Each letter also includes several other musical words, sometimes a musician, sometimes a style, or sometimes an instrument spread throughout the page. I d This is a picture book for all ages. The text is sparse and simple, most often a one line like "B is for Beatles." The splendor and depth of this book comes from the illustrations. Wow what creativity! Oil paintings on tin with clever, unique, and sometimes humorous depictions of the main musical word for that letter. But it doesn't end there. Each letter also includes several other musical words, sometimes a musician, sometimes a style, or sometimes an instrument spread throughout the page. I don't always read the end notes from the author, but I read and enjoyed every word of this author's musical notes. Here is where the reader can gain more insight into musical vocabulary and become more acquainted with musicians and instruments. These notes are six pages long and I think they contained just the right amount of information - not so much that the reader has information overload but enough that by the end of the book, the reader will no doubt have some new "take-away" knowledge or will be inspired to further explore one area of music. Oh, and I must mention that the book includes some great quotes, a nod to music teachers, and encouragement to practice, practice, practice. If you want to be an accomplished musician, there is no better advice!

  10. 5 out of 5

    James Govednik

    This alphabet book is for ages 8-10 and delivers lots of tier-two and academic vocabulary, as well as topics to research further. In addition to the featured vocabulary, additional words are embedded in the illustrations, leading the reader to search each illustration to find them. There are glossary-type notes at the end that give details on these featured terms: anthem, accordion, The Beatles, Compact discs (CDs), Cajun, country and western, dancing, drum, Elvis, energy, encore, fingers, folk This alphabet book is for ages 8-10 and delivers lots of tier-two and academic vocabulary, as well as topics to research further. In addition to the featured vocabulary, additional words are embedded in the illustrations, leading the reader to search each illustration to find them. There are glossary-type notes at the end that give details on these featured terms: anthem, accordion, The Beatles, Compact discs (CDs), Cajun, country and western, dancing, drum, Elvis, energy, encore, fingers, folk songs, guitar, Hildegard of Bingen, harp, instruments, jazz, klezmer, loud, music, music teachers, mistakes, Mozart, The Nutcracker, orchestra, Old MacDonald Had a Farm, piano, practice, quartet, quintet, radio, ragtime, rock and roll, street musicians, show tunes, spirituals, serenades, trumpet, trombone, tuba, ukulele, unison, voice, vibration, whistling, xylophone, yodeling, Yankee Doodle, Zydeco, zither.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    An interesting illustrated picture book depicting a broad range of musical concepts, musicians, and musical types. All of these concepts are sometimes illustrated in each picture, making one's thought process jumbled. For example G is for guitar with many guitars shown in a music store window. The terms imbedded in the illustration are Gilber&Sullivan, groove, gospel, and gong. There are six pages of "Musical Notes from A to Z" explaning particular terms in the illustrations. They are very basic An interesting illustrated picture book depicting a broad range of musical concepts, musicians, and musical types. All of these concepts are sometimes illustrated in each picture, making one's thought process jumbled. For example G is for guitar with many guitars shown in a music store window. The terms imbedded in the illustration are Gilber&Sullivan, groove, gospel, and gong. There are six pages of "Musical Notes from A to Z" explaning particular terms in the illustrations. They are very basic and a wished for a fuller definition of the music style, Zydeco which just says it is Cajun music from Louisiana. In reality it is a blended influenced music of French, Africian American, and Afro-Caribbean. I maintain my thought that an adult is necessary for this title to come alive to a child through the age of middle school.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ina

    This is a very eclectic musically themed alphabet book. There is great depth here as the Beatles and Elvis make an appearance as well as Mozart, jazz, and Klezmer. The illustrations are edgy and very clever, but a bit dark. Fun read because of the eclectic items included like "L is for loud," illustrated by a young girl with hugely open mouth and a quote from Robert Merrill: "When in doubt, sing loud." "V" show an opera virtuoso breaking a glass when her voice causes vibration. There are a numbe This is a very eclectic musically themed alphabet book. There is great depth here as the Beatles and Elvis make an appearance as well as Mozart, jazz, and Klezmer. The illustrations are edgy and very clever, but a bit dark. Fun read because of the eclectic items included like "L is for loud," illustrated by a young girl with hugely open mouth and a quote from Robert Merrill: "When in doubt, sing loud." "V" show an opera virtuoso breaking a glass when her voice causes vibration. There are a number of music types represented and a rich vocabulary: with words like karaoke, lyrics, ballad, castanets and music terms and instruments. "Y" is for yodeling - and the illustration for "W" (for whistling) is made up of tea kettles. Fun!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Joy

    Kathleen Krull gave the keynote at today's Spicola Forum and I was immediately drawn to the art in this book and also my love for music. Krull says that her second love after reading is music (I have to agree with her on that point). This book is an alphabet book using musical items. However, some of the musical things that she chose are not what you might expect (and in the art, there are even more terms hidden). In the back, she goes into broader descriptions about each of the things she cover Kathleen Krull gave the keynote at today's Spicola Forum and I was immediately drawn to the art in this book and also my love for music. Krull says that her second love after reading is music (I have to agree with her on that point). This book is an alphabet book using musical items. However, some of the musical things that she chose are not what you might expect (and in the art, there are even more terms hidden). In the back, she goes into broader descriptions about each of the things she covered in the book. She intends this book for smaller children but I think it could easily be used in a higher level music course (like music appreciation).

  14. 5 out of 5

    Heather Russon

    M is for music is an alphabet book that uses things from music for the letters. It uses famous musicians, instruments, types of music, and many other musical terms. This could be really good as a music teacher you can introduce music in a fun way. It's neat because in the back of the book it has the definition of all the words used so that you can learn more about it. The illustrations are eye catching and help to create a fun read. One of my favorite ones they did was P is for practice, practic M is for music is an alphabet book that uses things from music for the letters. It uses famous musicians, instruments, types of music, and many other musical terms. This could be really good as a music teacher you can introduce music in a fun way. It's neat because in the back of the book it has the definition of all the words used so that you can learn more about it. The illustrations are eye catching and help to create a fun read. One of my favorite ones they did was P is for practice, practice, practice. That can be really good to teach them about how to be a musician you need to practice because practice makes perfect.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Devone Smith

    M is for Music is a unique children's ABC book. Not only does the author give two main music related words for each letter of the alphabet, but within the pictures on the pages are other words, including the names of famous musicians in each genre. I don't think this book was particularly interesting, I wouldn't recommend it as an ABC book unless it is geared towards a child with musical interests. M is for Music is a unique children's ABC book. Not only does the author give two main music related words for each letter of the alphabet, but within the pictures on the pages are other words, including the names of famous musicians in each genre. I don't think this book was particularly interesting, I wouldn't recommend it as an ABC book unless it is geared towards a child with musical interests.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Eileen Carter

    M is for Music is an excellent book which uses words associated with music to teach the alphabet. The illustrations in the book are a bit abstain their look but fun nonetheless. Children will recognize instruments musicians and other fun things in the pictures. The book is fairly easy to read which will allow children to read it independently. This is a great book for music teachers and children who love music

  17. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    I liked the illustrations alright, but I thought there was a missed opportunity here for the author to go into more depth with musical language, especially since the illustrator did most of the work here. There wasn't a whole lot of writing on each page other than just what each letter represented. I liked the illustrations alright, but I thought there was a missed opportunity here for the author to go into more depth with musical language, especially since the illustrator did most of the work here. There wasn't a whole lot of writing on each page other than just what each letter represented.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Moreland

    The pictures are great, the text is just okay. It was more of a scrapbook celebrating music than a fun picture book that would teach you about music. This book would be good for a parent with a great deal of knowledge about music to share with their child, but so many interesting words from the world of music go completely unexplained, even with the selected glossary in the back.

  19. 5 out of 5

    MissThomasloves2read

    Whimsical oil and acrylic illustrations and a wealth of disparate information make this ABC book interesting for kids of all ages. Endnotes explain the alphabetical musical terms used in the book. I like this book so much I purchased it for a couple of musical friends of mine.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chris Callaway

    An alphabet book all about music. You gotta love a children's book that features quotations by both Friedrich Nietzsche and Frank Zappa. As with many books of this type, the illustrations are what really make it special. An alphabet book all about music. You gotta love a children's book that features quotations by both Friedrich Nietzsche and Frank Zappa. As with many books of this type, the illustrations are what really make it special.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

    This was a good alphabet book. it was all focused on music and bands and instruments it used words children might not be accustomed to so that is always good. the illustrations were a little off for the flow of the book but over all it was fun.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    A picture book to be used with a wide range of ages, from older preschoolers through third graders. Information about some famous musicians and various types of music are presented in the appendix and referred to in the main text.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Morton

    I also feel like alphabet books are for younger children but I don't really think younger children will understand this book so it is definitely a better choice for older. As you probably guess there are music related words for every letter in the alphabet. I also feel like alphabet books are for younger children but I don't really think younger children will understand this book so it is definitely a better choice for older. As you probably guess there are music related words for every letter in the alphabet.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nelly

    ABC collage of music. Out of 5. Illustrations : 5 Content : 3 Originality : 3 Humor : n/a Age Level : 0-100

  25. 4 out of 5

    jenna Hudrlik

    awesome illustrations and fun information!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    This was great, although a little over my 4 yr old's head. Kind of like a picture book version of Music Appreciation. Interesting as an alphabet book too. This one was in our nonfiction section. This was great, although a little over my 4 yr old's head. Kind of like a picture book version of Music Appreciation. Interesting as an alphabet book too. This one was in our nonfiction section.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    Illustrations in here are beautiful

  28. 4 out of 5

    Stefanie

    Idea is great, illustrations are kinda creepy.

  29. 4 out of 5

    LJ

    This would be great for someone trying to open discussions on musical terms etc., and I like the art.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    Gorgeous, whimsical illustrations. We mostly like it because the Beatles and Elvis are featured. Nice alphabet book.

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