Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader and volunteers with the elderly playing her designed The Write Word Game. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren.
“Use your voice to
speak, whisper, shout, and sing,” prompts the children’s
book, Tangled – It’s Better When You Sing It: A Musical
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 the Tangled, the retold story of Rapunzel and how it relates to music. With no scary scenes, it may be best read out loud to beginner readers due to some complicated wording.
In this short tale about
the princess in a tower who lets herself down by her hair and sees
the kingdom for the first time and sings with Finn, the left side of
the pages tell the famous story while the right side has a round
purple marker about how music. The musical section explains how
singing is fun, songs can be sung fast or slow and high or low,
listening to sounds around us, playing a hide-and-seek song game,
making up songs, expressing feelings in music, echoing, and duets.
Words to a song are at the end of the book as well as a glossary,
note to parents, and online link.
What makes this book special is it contains the story but adds the element of music through Rapunzel singing. I love that our four-year old granddaughter, whose favorite everything is currently Tangled, can recall the tale as she learns different facets to music. Older children will appreciate learning what words mean such as duet, echo, and tempo.
Those who do not like to sing or think they have a bad singing voice 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 anything to do with Tangled, this is an educational tool that will be cherished and enjoyed.
Thanks to Bookpleasures for this complimentary book that I am freely evaluating.