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by Donna Lacy,Suzanne Guy

eBook The Music Box: The Story of Cristofori ePub
Author: Donna Lacy,Suzanne Guy
Language: English
ISBN: 1556181736
ISBN13: 978-1556181733
Publisher: Guy & Lacy Childrens Books (December 1, 1998)
Category: Arts Music & Photography
Subcategory: Children
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 856
Formats: docx rtf txt lrf
ePub file: 1412 kb
Fb2 file: 1493 kb

Bartolomeo Cristofori, an Italian harpsichord maker, invented a special music machine more than 300 years ago. And the piano still speaks to us today. This fun and noisy story is about that discovery and its secret power.

Bartolomeo Cristofori, an Italian harpsichord maker, invented a special music machine more than 300 years ago. Written with historical accuracy in an imaginative style, the book's large colorful figures will appeal to children ages 4-10. Bartolomeo Cristofori, an Italian harpsichord maker, invented a special music machine more than 300 years ago. And the piano still speaks to us today

Kudos to Suzanne Guy and Donna Lacey. Educational and entertaining! Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 18 years ago. "The Music Box - The Story of Cristofori" is a unique educational story about the invention of the piano.

Kudos to Suzanne Guy and Donna Lacey. In a wonderful and clear fashion, children (and adults) learn about music before the piano existed and discover the mechanical-musical genius of Cristofori's invention. Additional pages at the end of the book give more specific information about the piano and the inventor. Recommended for all children to encourage exploration

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The story of Bartolomeo Cristofori, the Italian harpsichord maker who invented the piano while working in the city of Florence . This is a wonderful book about the inventor of the piano. I use it when teaching my piano students. ) sdbookhound Sep 29, 2019.

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The story of Bartolomeo Cristofori, the Italian harpsichord maker who invented the piano while working in the city of Florence about three hundred years ago.
Xwnaydan
I bought this book hoping to use it for me young piano students ages 5-7 or so. It's very cute but it has so little historical information in the main story part of it that I don't think it's worth telling my kids to read. About the only true facts in it are Cristofori's name (Bartolomeo di Francesco Cristofori), that he was born in Italy, that he worked for Prince Ferdinando in Florence, and that he is credited with inventing the piano. And this in about 27 pages.

It does list some pieces of the piano action that Cristofori invented as well, but does not explain them:

"Hammers to bounce up and hit the strings,
stoppers and dampers, some gadgety things,
covered with leather, felt may work too.
I can see it and hear it, I know what to do."

Facts are replaced with lots of fiction, obvious to an adult reader, but not necessarily obvious fiction to a child. I am afraid that either children will believe everything in the book as fact, or they will believe nothing because of the fanciful way in which is it written. I don't mind so much the imaginations of his childhood (we really don't know so it could be real) but the things we know not to be true.

For example, it basically says that the invention of the piano was an accident when hammers fell on strings even though the clavichord which uses tangents to strike strings had already been in use for centuries. It also states that everyone was watching and waiting to see what Cristofori was doing in his workshop, making all those odd sounds, as if builders of musical instruments didn't normally make sounds, and as if Cristofori's first piano was on back order even before he invented it. In reality, of course, it took 50-100 years for pianos to even be taken seriously. To me, this ignores all the work done by so many different people to make the piano what it is today, and makes it look easy. It also has Cristofori naming his piano ("I'll call it 'piano' for short") which is completely untrue.

The book also doesn't make clear what Cristofori was trying to invent that was different from the harpsichord. It tries, but in such flowery poetic language, I am left thinking "that's sounds nice- but I still don't get it!"

"Where are the whispers?
Where are the splashes?
I can't hear the booms,
and I can't make the crashes."

and

"It will be a music box that can make a sound for every shade of color in the rainbow."

It all sounds mysterious and pretty but will my 5- to 7-year-olds understand that that is supposed to mean that he can play softer or louder or hold down some notes longer than others (unlike the single-volumed harpsichord) and that it will be loud enough to be heard by more people than just the one playing it (unlike the hushed clavichord)?

The authors seems to try to make up for these short-comings by putting a bunch of information in the back but that isn't really suited to young children and the fairy-tale story part isn't suited to older children.

Another pet peeve is that the whole book acts like the world revolved around Cristofori and that he had it on a string. This is not only obviously untrue but it cuts out some important lessons that could be learned like: "Maybe no one knows you now, maybe you're poor now, but with a lot of hard work and perseverance, you can achieve great things in life, just like Cristofori" and "Success usually doesn't come instantly, but good things come to those who wait".

You may think I'm over-analyzing a children's book, and you may be right, but I just think if they can put fiction in there, and that's not too much information for the kids, why not put some more facts instead?

Needless to say, I don't plan on using it with my kids, but it gives me some good ideas to make my own little book with some basic facts for them. I like the story-book style that helps make learning fun and the large picture illustrations that kids love.
Kagrel
A well-written, engaging, and beautifully illustrated account of the invention of the piano. My children love this book!
August
I love this book! It is so much fun to read aloud and kids love it. I've been fortunate enough to hear the author and illustrator read this book to kids and they were mezmarized. The language is as musical as its subject and the illustrations are true to the times and bring Bartolomeo to life. Kudos to Suzanne Guy and Donna Lacey.
Madis
This book is incredible! It tells the story of how the piano was invented. It was actually an accident! It is historical fiction but it has a lot of neat facts incorporated in it. I stumbled upon the title online but when I went to check it out at the local library I came up empty. It was nowhere to be found, so I took a chance and purchased it. I'm so glad I did. I want to use it in a lesson plan for my future classroom to teach kids that ANYONE can be successful because they can with determination!
Loni
An amusing way to tell a wonderful story, this book captures the imagination and is filled with historical information as well.
Helo
I would like to give this book to many people if only copies were available at a reasonable price.
I love this book and think it needs to be a part of every piano studio. The history of the piano is not well known, but should be.
Xig
I love this book. Any young person studing music should read this book. It not only familiarizes kids(not to mention adults) with the story of the most important person in the history of the piano, but it has a section that teaches about the piano and how it works. Ive read it a bunch of times and look back on it regularly. Parents dont always think their kid taking piano lessons needs music books like they need school books, but they do. This book goes well in a young persons bedtime reading library.
"The Music Box - The Story of Cristofori" is a unique educational story about the invention of the piano. In a wonderful and clear fashion, children (and adults) learn about music before the piano existed and discover the mechanical-musical genius of Cristofori's invention. Additional pages at the end of the book give more specific information about the piano and the inventor. Recommended for all children to encourage exploration. Also suggested for elementary classes and all music teachers...Dr. Kathleen Kain, scientist and educator.
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