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Ardley, Neil.
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Publication Information:
New York : Dorling Kindersley, [2000]

Physical Description:
63 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 8.0 1.0 17231.


Format :


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ML460 .A66 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
ML460 .A66 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
ML460 .A66 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Here is an original and exciting look at the fascinating world of sound and music. Superb real-life photographs of instruments ranging from zithers and panpipes to electric guitars and synthesizers offer a unique "eyewitness" view of ancient and contemporary music. See how strings vibrate to make a note sound, how an invisible "column" of air sounds a pipe, which instrument resembles a peacock, how sousaphone players wear their instruments. Learn who invented an important new key system, how to master the bagpipes, why pipe organs have "ears" and "mouths", and why French horns are "doubled up". Discover how a vegetable gourd charms snakes, why tangled fingers led to the invention of the piano, why spiders add a "buzz" to xylophones, where reindeer toe-bones were used as whistles, and much, much more!

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4-9. The acclaimed Eyewitness series continues to be a top-notch value for the price; the splendid illustrations are a tour de force. The formats are similarly designed: each volume begins with a dramatically composed title page on which a selection of labeled objects is intriguingly arranged, followed by a thorough table of contents. The topical double-page spreads display an array of full-color photographs, pen-and-ink sketches, and explanatory text. In Music, Ardley introduces types of musical instruments--winds (woodwind and brass), string, and percussion--in a scintillating blend that spans ancient to modern. Interesting historical asides and highlights about famous musicians contrast with the precisely labeled parts of the numerous illustrated instruments. Merriman's Early Humans describes such prehistoric people as Homo habilis (the toolmakers), Ice Age hunters, and Bronze Age warriors. Pictures of artifacts reflecting every aspect of prehistoric life make this an outstanding curriculum supplement. Both titles hold wide appeal for research and browsing. --Phillis Wilson

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-- Four more subject-surveys, in a handsome picture series, that will catch youthful imaginations with their wide-ranging selections of fascinating items, beautifully photographed. Topics are developed in two- to four-page groupings, with cross-references and an index--and browsers will find themselves caught and drawn into the flow. Music traces families of instruments and discusses the physics of sound with diagrams and cut-aways. From a 40,000-year-old bone whistle to components of an electric guitar, there are wonderful photos of ancient harps, bagpipes, pianos, and oriental instruments. Shell prods children to think about cases, whether egg, husk, or skull, but deals mostly with mollusks, urchins, and crustaceans. Early Humans shows early human fossils, and pictures selective topics (e.g., art, magic, tools, writing) for the human family up through the Iron Age. Examples come from Africa, Europe, the Americas, early China, the Near East, and Australia. Mammal explores that class in terms of its attributes, evolution, and variety of adapted forms. Photos of the bones of a seal's flipper, an elephant's foot, a panda's jaw, and a close-up of a whale's baleen are sure to appeal to children. While scale is infrequently given, relative sizes of objects are usually clear. A good source for often-asked-for and hard-to-find illustrations, this series could find a place in any library. --Ruth M. McConnell, San Antonio Pub . Lib . (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Seeing soundp. 6
Wind tunnelsp. 8
Pipes and flutesp. 10
Vibrating reedsp. 12
Long-lasting hybridsp. 14
Bags of soundp. 16
Piped musicp. 18
Beginning of brassp. 20
Blazing brassp. 22
Curly horns and big tubasp. 24
Breaking the silencep. 26
Early and unusual stringsp. 28
The violin familyp. 30
Making a violinp. 32
Harps and lyresp. 34
From pears to whole fishesp. 36
From gourd to boardp. 38
Indian stringp. 40
Creating a guitarp. 42
Keynotesp. 44
Grand and uprightp. 46
Musical impactp. 48
Rhythm and ritualp. 50
On the beatp. 52
Appeal of percussionp. 54
Clang, crash, bangp. 56
Electrifying musicp. 58
Rock guitarsp. 60
Machine musicp. 62
Indexp. 64