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The First Music

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When the animals all get together in the jungle, they discover that the noise that they have been making is indeed music. Dylan Pritchett, the incoming president of the National Association of Black Storytellers weaves a tale that helps us discover that we all have music inside just waiting to come out.


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When the animals all get together in the jungle, they discover that the noise that they have been making is indeed music. Dylan Pritchett, the incoming president of the National Association of Black Storytellers weaves a tale that helps us discover that we all have music inside just waiting to come out.

30 review for The First Music

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    I really do think it's a big loss not being able to see the illustrations for picture books, but I know there is also something to be said for the art of verbal storytelling and allowing audiences to form their own pictures in their imaginations. The First Music is in this category. I appreciated the animal sounds and musical accompaniment as it's a story about animals making music together. (The music got a bit repetitive and crowded into the narrator's voice a bit, IMO, but it was still fun!) I really do think it's a big loss not being able to see the illustrations for picture books, but I know there is also something to be said for the art of verbal storytelling and allowing audiences to form their own pictures in their imaginations. The First Music is in this category. I appreciated the animal sounds and musical accompaniment as it's a story about animals making music together. (The music got a bit repetitive and crowded into the narrator's voice a bit, IMO, but it was still fun!) Available free here in the "Littlest Listeners" category: https://stories.audible.com/discovery

  2. 5 out of 5

    Xan Rooyen

    A delightful story for little kids. I'll definitely be using this in my music class. I listened to the audiobook and really enjoyed it. Great use of accompanying sound and instruments. A good educational resource. A delightful story for little kids. I'll definitely be using this in my music class. I listened to the audiobook and really enjoyed it. Great use of accompanying sound and instruments. A good educational resource.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    I played this audiobook for my son, and immediately he started to dance. It’s a quick listen, just under 5 minutes and it’s full of music so it keeps very young listeners interested and attentive.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Janilson

    This book is about music. I like this book because I like to be singer. I give this book 5 stars.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    This book was alright. Since it doesn't rhyme I'd need to experiment with kids. I liked the pictures and the different animals. it was the authors version of hearing music in nature. could be a good lesson for kids to listen to the things around them. anyways it was fun and worth getting from the library to see if your kids would like it This book was alright. Since it doesn't rhyme I'd need to experiment with kids. I liked the pictures and the different animals. it was the authors version of hearing music in nature. could be a good lesson for kids to listen to the things around them. anyways it was fun and worth getting from the library to see if your kids would like it

  6. 4 out of 5

    Miss Sarah

    An african tale of the animals in the area learning to singa nd dance and the frogs who feel they don't have the arms or legs to join in. Like the lesson everyone has something to give. Preschool and up An african tale of the animals in the area learning to singa nd dance and the frogs who feel they don't have the arms or legs to join in. Like the lesson everyone has something to give. Preschool and up

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    music/sounds/dance; Africa, jungle; animals - frogs, hyena, owl, buffalo, parrot, monkey, crocodile, elephant, crane, hawk

  8. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I think this would be a fantastic book to share aloud with preschoolers. Lots of rhythm and sounds.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Davidson

    This is a fun story. Jungle animals are making their own sounds when one day the monkey discovers he likes the sounds the elephant is making after stubbing his toe. It goes from there, with each animal realizing they make their own music. On Audible.com there are added sound effects, which add to it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Will use for this year's Summer Library Program! I'll have to practice the sounds, though, before I read it to the kids. Will use for this year's Summer Library Program! I'll have to practice the sounds, though, before I read it to the kids.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Awjtf

    cute book

  12. 5 out of 5

    Holly Letson

    I've listened to this audiobook twice now, [email protected] Audible Stories. It was very enjoyable. I've listened to this audiobook twice now, [email protected] Audible Stories. It was very enjoyable.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Željko Filipin

    How the first music was made.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Stacie

    Exuberant and expressive illustrations slowed down by a word heavy text that could have used some editing. Not sure animals created orchestral music but interesting thought.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Emespre

    Loved it. The story, narrator and background sounds were all excellent.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ezekiel

    Highly rhythmic, The First Music imagines the first time the animals in "Africa" (no specificity is given) made music. Adults may get a kick out of attempting to make the rhythm and sounds with their children, while appreciating the message given: that all different voices are needed to make interesting music, and that all people should be free to participate at whatever level they feel capable. Highly rhythmic, The First Music imagines the first time the animals in "Africa" (no specificity is given) made music. Adults may get a kick out of attempting to make the rhythm and sounds with their children, while appreciating the message given: that all different voices are needed to make interesting music, and that all people should be free to participate at whatever level they feel capable.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tawny

    I was drawn to this book because of the illustrations. All through out the books each animal is so animated they are almost jumping off the page. I think this book is more directed toward the second grade level. There is a lot of repetition through out the book all based on music. Good book!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    What an excellent book for the study of onomatopoeia. And what a great final message: everyone has something to bring to the party.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey

    Origin tale of music from the animals of Africa. Storytelling would be great to add instruments.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Kids have fun making music with the animals.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Moreland

    Love it. It reminds me of Kipling's Just So Stories. (5-8) Love it. It reminds me of Kipling's Just So Stories. (5-8)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is a cute African folk tale about how the animals made the first music and the importance of each one's role. This is a cute African folk tale about how the animals made the first music and the importance of each one's role.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kitty Tomlinson

    Beautiful children's picture book about how animal music came to be in the African Jungle. Tumble Book. Beautiful children's picture book about how animal music came to be in the African Jungle. Tumble Book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Renee Hammett

  25. 4 out of 5

    LibrariAnne

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alex Proffitt

  27. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin Ball

  28. 4 out of 5

    Erica

  29. 5 out of 5

    Riegs

  30. 4 out of 5

    Eileen

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