Spring 2024

Sounds Good!

Discover 50 Instruments

  • Interest Level: Grade 1 - Grade 5
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

An interactive introduction to musical instruments with 50 original compositions to listen to—from the kazoo to the bassoon.

What does a double bass or a sitar sound like? What’s the difference between bongos and congas? Which instrument has only one note? Which one takes just 30 seconds to learn?

This book engagingly presents 50 common and uncommon musical instruments with practical and curious facts that will spark interest in music of all kinds. Each instrument features a piece of music composed by an award-winning musician, accessed via QR code.

With instruments presented outside conventional categories, the book is open to all ways of listening and learning. Aspects of history, music theory, and culture are lightly mixed with information about how instruments are made and played. Instruments of all sorts include the voice and computer and unusual instruments such as the theremin and vuvuzela, alongside those that are well known.

“An incredible resource for teachers and caregivers alike eager to find a child-friendly introduction to sound and music history.”—Kirkus Reviews

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On pre-order until 02/06/2024
On pre-order until 02/06/2024
Interest Level Grade 1 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Social Studies
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Browseable Nonfiction
Copyright 2024
Publisher Gecko Press
Imprint Gecko Press
Language English
Number of Pages 112
Publication Date 2024-02-06
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF036090, JNF036030, JNF069000
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 8.3333 x 10.9
Features Original artwork, Page Plus™, Reviewed, and Table of contents

Author, Illustrator: Ole Könnecke

Ole Könnecke was born in 1961 and spent his childhood in Sweden. He now lives in Germany and has produced more than 30 books, several of which have won international awards.

Author: Hans Könnecke

Hans Könnecke is an award-winning composer, instrumentalist, and music producer for film and theatre, who studied composition at the Academy for Music and Theater in Munich. He lives in Germany.


Kirkus Reviews

“This book would serve as an incredible resource for teachers and caregivers alike eager to find a child-friendly introduction to sound and music history. A noteworthy, useful, and modern instrument encyclopedia.”—Kirkus Reviews