My Family Plays Music

by Judy Cox and Elbrite Brown

All the members of a young African American girl’s family are musicians. But... read more

All the members of a young African American girl’s family are musicians. But each one plays a different instrument and a different kind of music. There is her country-and-western fiddle-playing mom, her classical cellist dad, her clarinet-playing sister who marches in a band, her aunt who plays vibes in a jazz combo, her cousin who plays bongos “at the Full Ear Café,” and others. The girl likes playing with each member of her family, although her choice of instrument varies from triangle to tambourine, handbell to maracas, wind chimes to woodblock. “Daddy says I’m a percussionist,” she explains. This celebration of music and of family ties concludes with a glossary that provides brief information about each type of music referenced in the text. (Ages 4–7)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2004

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