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Australia, Hawaii and the Pacific
ISBN: 9781403498946
Author: Underwood, Deborah
Publisher: Capstone Pr Inc
Published: November 2007
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Binding Type: Library Binding
Annotation: Looks at the range of musical syles and instruments played in Australia, Hawaii, and the Pacific.
Additional Information
Target Grade: 4-6
Grade level: 4-6
Physical Information: 11.25" H x 8.75" L x 0.50" W
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, Reference, Non-Fiction, Middle School, Geography, Art/Music
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Fall)
Each book in this series presents accessible information, supported by vibrant photographs, about music from different regions of the world. Topics include the history and cultural influences of music as well as important musical instruments and performers. Double-page spreads sometimes move too quickly from topic to topic in order to cover numerous countries and cultures in a limited amount of space. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind. [Review covers these World of Music titles: Europe, Eastern Asia, Western Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Australia, Hawaii, and the Pacific.] Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2008 March)

Gr 4–6— Part of a six-volume series, these books offer a broad look at the history of music, divided by location and ethnic grouping. "Are bagpipes Scottish?" Europe answers this question and others as it traces the origins, diversity, folk traditions, and worldwide impact of various countries' music. Africa traces the continent's history to reveal Arabic, Moorish, and folk influences inherent in its music, while detailing instrumental and vocal production used in performance. Latin America investigates the convergence of Amerindian, African, and European peoples, comparing and contrasting use of instruments, rhythms, melody, and poetry. Australia emphasizes the historical, religious, and spiritual forces that helped create song and sound in the region. A spread in each volume lists the instrument families and vocal and dance styles particular to different parts of the world. Color maps, reproductions, and photographs showing current performing groups and instruments interspersed with highlighted boxes of additional information also create informal, useful resources. Places to visit, organizations, and recordings are included as needed in each volume.—Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX

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