The Wonderful Gift of Music

Children - Educational
44 Pages
Reviewed on 10/22/2020
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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

People don’t realize the far-reaching power of music: it’s a universal language that enriches so many parts of the human brain and life in general. So, when a child is given the opportunity to learn how to play a musical instrument, or even sing in a choir, it’s a wonderful gift. Nathan and Amanda attend Carter Elementary School. One day, the music teachers presented the students with an option to learn to play a musical instrument. They were introduced to instruments of the string family, the piano, and wind and brass instruments. Nathan decided to learn to play the violin, while Amanda chose the piano. They worked hard on their music and their growing musical abilities affected other parts of their lives. Nathan, usually shy, developed confidence he hadn’t possessed before, especially when giving a presentation in class. Amanda, never very good at math, saw her marks increase.

Andrew Safioleas’s picture book story, The Wonderful Gift of Music, introduces young readers to the endless possibilities of learning to play a musical instrument. Following two students, Nathan and Amanda, the plot develops through their being presented with so many musical possibilities, such as choosing an instrument, learning to play, practicing, performing, and the many positive non-musical benefits from a good music education. The illustrations are colorful and help move the story along. The message is clearly presented, allowing young readers to understand the many benefits of learning to play a musical instrument. Young readers will appreciate this story as they learn how music can help them in so many different ways if they’re willing to accept music into their lives and work hard to be the best musician they can be on their instrument of choice. Cleverly presented.