While growing up, my exposure to classical music was sorely lacking. (But then, what do you expect for someone born in the Mesozoic era?)
I vowed that it would be different with my children. I wanted them to be be familiar with those great musicians.
So, I bought a set of cassette tapes (yes, folks, you read that right — TAPES) that had music samples of a wide variety of composers.
I played the music and told our kids a little bit about the composers’ lives. (I wonder if they remember any of it? I would hope that if they heard the music they would still recognize it!)
I still have the desire for children to be exposed to classical music. And now, those children are my grandkids.
Suzanne Brown’s book Baroque with Joy is a delightful children’s book about 3 composers from the Baroque music era: Bach, Scarlatti, and Handel.
As we read about Bach, my grandsons were amazed to learn that he had 20 children! They had to count all of them in the picture to make sure there were really that many kids! Isn’t the illustration wonderful?
My grandkids giggled when they learned that Scarlatti’s cat ‘played’ the harpsichord.
We loved reading this great book together!
There are several reasons why I like this book. It kept the kids’ attention. That says a lot about a non-fiction book!.
The illustrations are delightful. They do a good job of portraying the clothing, hairstyles, and the personalities of the composers.
This book made learning fun. The author shares interesting facts about the composers so the text is not boring and dull. Kudos to her!
My grandson, Simon, noticed that the pages were color coded. Bach wore blue and the edges of the pages about him were blue. Scarlatti wore red and his page edges were red. Handel wore gold and of course his page edges were gold. What a subtle and clever way to help kids differentiate between the composers.
But the best thing that I like about the book is that there are songs online that you can download and play so that your grandchildren can hear short excerpts of the music that the composers wrote. (Online. Wahoo! Bye-bye old cassette tapes with poor sound quality.)
The author, Suzanne Brown, is a musician in her own right. She has professionally written, sung, and recorded her own music. Her university musical training covers many types such as opera, jazz, and pop. She is a highly sought after entertainer and speaker across North America.
Baroque with Joy was a finalist in the educational and in the children’s literature categories in the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.This shows that it is a high quality book!
You can purchase Baroque with Joy online for $15. Since you’re probably thinking about Christmas presents for your grandkids, this would be a great gift to give them! What a joyful way to introduce them to great music!