Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Title: Mickey’s Found
Sounds: A Musical Exploration Storybook
Publisher: Hal Leonard
“Let’s look around and
see what we can find that can make sounds. It will be easy and fun!”
Mickey tells his friends in the children’s book, Mickey’s
Found Sounds: A Musical Exploration Storybook.
Part of the Disney Learning series, this numbered thirty-two-page oversized hardbound targets children ages four to eight years old who enjoy books regarding stories about Mickey Mouse and music. With no scary scenes, it may be best read out loud to beginner readers due to some complicated wording.
In this short tale, Mickey
Mouse and his friends decide to go to a parade, but when they arrive,
it is canceled due to the rain. Disappointed, the gang goes back home
and decides to have an indoor parade of music. The story prompts the
reader to turn the page, showing how to make five different
instruments such as a bucket drum, oatmeal conga drum, plastic bottle
shaker, tube kazoo, and glass jar xylophone. Words to a song are at
the end of the book as well as a note to parents and online read and
sing along links.
What makes this book special is it contains a story of Mickey but adds the element of playing musical instruments. I love that our four-year old granddaughter and I can create and make sounds with common household items. Older children will appreciate designing the instruments and experimenting with them.
Those who do not care about making music may not appreciate this read that encourages it. Others may find there are too many two and three syllable words that young readers may have trouble deciphering. Some may not like the commercialism the themed book promotes.
I wish the book included a CD instead so one does not have to go online to read or sing along. Having a QSR code for a smartphone might be helpful.
If you are looking for a fun gift to give a child who loves Mickey Mouse, this is an educational tool that will be cherished and enjoyed.
Thanks to Bookpleasures for this complimentary book that I am freely evaluating.