Music Everywhere!

Music Everywhere!

written by Maya Ajmera, Elise Hofer Derstine, Cynthia Pon

2014 (Charlesbridge)

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher

Music Everywhere! is a photographic collection that illustrates the axiom that music is a universal language. Children across the globe are featured using instruments, singing, or simply clapping to make joyful noises. A boy wears traditional clothing in Mexico and sings about his heritage. Next to his picture is another young man chanting in a Coptic choir in Egypt. Across the page is another smiling group of children in Japan who are singing a song they wrote. A different two page spread reveals young people playing instruments of all kinds. Whether it be the dungchen long horns of Bhutan, moon lutes in China, or a tiny bagpiper in Scotland, children enjoy playing music as well as singing it. What if you don’t know how to play an instrument? You can still shake maracas in Belgium, tap on chairs in Togo, or bang on pots and pans in America. I think one of the big ideas in this book is that you don’t have to be a musical genius to enjoy and play music. All it takes is a desire to feel the rhythm and you will find something to help you make some noise.

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