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My Family Plays Music

by Judy Cox
Illustrated by Elbrite Brown

Published by Holiday House, 2003
32 pages
ISBN: 0-8234-1591-0

Ages 4-7

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 young girl likes playing with each member of her family, but her choice of instrument varies from the triangle to the tambourine, the handbell to the 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 buoyant story. CCBC Categories: The Arts.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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