I'll admit that I wasn't as excited this week to write my Project 101 post. The reason my excitement waned is that I'm not really into the book I am reading from the library. However, I realized that I had a fabulous book to share that the boys have been reading. With Project 101: Weekly Library Challenge, each week, I share one book from the library the boys have really enjoyed that week, and one book I am reading. My sons are almost 4 and 2 and the oldest (Wild Thing) just started preschool.
This week at the Santa Clarita Valley Bookmobile (a part of the County of Los Angeles Library which celebrates its 101st birthday this year, hence Project 101), Wild Thing selected Maisy Goes to Preschool by Lucy Cousins. Wild Thing really enjoys Maisy books so it wasn't that surprising that this book caught his eye.
When he got it, he had been going to preschool for exactly one week. Things seemed to be going well, but I was frustrated by his standard "I don't know" answer any time I asked him what he did at preschool. Enter Maisy and the brilliance of engaged reading with your child. Now, we had a book about Maisy at preschool in which we get to read about everything Maisy is doing at preschool: painting, music time, snacks, storytime, playing outside, naptime, etc. By reading the book with Wild Thing I would seek to connect his preschool experience with Maisy's. Soon when reading about Maisy having music time, he was telling me about how much fun he had playing music at school and what instrument he got to play. Now, I've made this book part of our daily routine and as we read about Maisy's preschool day, I ask Wild Thing about his. With help from Maisy, I actually get answers!
Here's some other school-related books we've discovered through our library: Miss Mingo and the First Day of School -- we love this book and it is perfect for nervous kiddos, The Bus Stop by Janet Morgan Stoeke, and School Bus by Donald Crews both of which we shared in a post that featured lots of Bus and Boat books and activities featured.
I also really love the Back to School Books by Grade List that KC Edventures has, particularly (since I have a preschooler) the Preschool to First Grade books she suggests. Her book list and many other Back to School resource can be found on my Back to School Pinboard.
|Image courtesy of Joan Wilson. July 2010|
I digress, though...back to the Beethoven book. The book is a well-written historical account of Beethoven's life (as much as I can tell being just 1/4-1/3 of the way through). For me, though, it is a bit dry with heavy emphasis on the political history of the time that influenced the world in which Beethoven was living. At times, it strays too far into details of the Hapsburg Court and Holy Roman Empire.
However, I do appreciate the musical lineage of Beethoven that comes through in the book -- his brief meeting/time with Mozart and his time spent studying under Haydn. As a piano student, I loved Beethoven and despised both Mozart and Haydn, which felt too rigid to me. I now understand how necessary the mastery of pieces by Mozart and Haydn is to understanding and mastering Beethoven, just as I completely understood the significant of J.S. Bach for Beethoven as a student when I read about his mastery of Bach's work in the book. (For those of you who know me well and knew her, what I'm saying here is -- yes, Ann Chamlee you were right!! As always!!)
To be honest, I'm not sure I'll finish the book. Instead, I'm hoping to find another Beethoven biography that has a bit more spice. If you have a recommendation, please share. I'd also love to read an engaging biography of Franz Liszt.
My favorite music history read to date is absolutely Bach, Beethoven and the Boys by David W. Barber -- a very fun read that I should check out from the library and re-read since its been many years.
|One of my senior pictures in high school.|
"A musician cannot move others unless he too is moved. He must of necessity feel all of the affects that he hopes to around in his audience, for the revealing of his own humor will stimulate a like humor in the audience." -- J.S. Bach is Essay on The True Art of Playing the Keyboard.Perhaps, The True Art of Playing the Keyboard needs to be added to my library list! If you are a fellow music lover or pianist and have a book you think I would enjoy, please share! Also, if you have tips for playing the piano with little ones -- as in getting them to let you play while they listen, I'd love those too!
Sharing at: Link and Learn, Booknificent Thursday, The Sunday Parenting Party, The Sunday Showcase, Tuesday Tots, Mom's Library and Poppins Book Nooks Books About School.
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