Music...Free Them All


Children - Picture Book
21 Pages
Reviewed on 10/11/2018
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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

The history of music traces itself back to the beginnings of human society. People have always felt the need to sing, to dance or move to a certain beat. It’s a long, complex history, which can’t be fully explained or revealed in a single book, but its essence and importance can certainly be instilled in a young child’s mind.

Tavish Lounsbury’s picture book story, Music … Free Them All, is a delightful way to introduce young minds to the power and beauty of music and its long, fascinating history. The book focuses on the roots and background of American music, with some references to music from the beginning of human history. Told in rhyming verse, the story is like a song with varying rhythms and a resounding sense of beat. The rhymes are catchy and the reader quickly feels compelled to carry on the rhyming verses long after the last line is read. The illustrations are bright, colorful and very appealing, with a number of images referencing different music styles through the ages.

Since this is focused on American music history, it’s understandable that the rhyming verse would include a line about music leading men into battle against the British: “Meanwhile on the front lines, the soldiers didn’t cower as we fought the/ British, in our greatest hour.” The message of this charming story is about the importance and power of music. “Just imagine a world without music…/ Life would be quite grim.” With the emphatic power of persuasion, the author points out that we must keep music in our lives forever.