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Bats in the Band

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Bats celebrate the end of hibernation with live music.

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BATS IN THE BAND is a rich visual read. If it were only an instructional tour of different musical styles, it would still be educational. But it takes a love of music one step further by showing the way it affects us before, during, and after the experience, from anticipating to reveling to hearing music in our heads as we leave the venue. Plus, it connects this experience to becoming artists of a kind ourselves: Inspired by what we've seen, we can see and hear music in things we once ignored or missed -- a buzzing streetlight or a tumbling trash can. The illustrations, done in acrylic paint, and the rhythmic text give it a warm, nostalgic glow. Captivating for kids who've shown an interest in any instrument, spoon or otherwise.

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