Little Rat Makes Music

Little Rat Makes Music

Book - 2007
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Little Rat loves the violin but hates to practice, until her teacher suggests she perform a duet with one of the advanced students at the holiday concert.
Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780152053055
0152053050
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Bang, Molly - Illustrator

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itsabear
Apr 06, 2019

This is such a sweet and silly book. It's a nice beginner's chapter book. Little rat is "enchanted" by the violinists she sees when at concerts with her parents, and is so excited to learn how to play. She finds that she doesn't like to practice much, but her determination overcomes her dislike of practicing (with a little help from her parents, a tutor friend and her teacher) and she plays beautifully at the end. I like how at the end of the story after a (surprisingly to her) successful concert, before going to bed that night she picks up her violin - not to play for anyone else, but just to play for herself. The illustrations are vibrant and beautiful.

There are a couple of parts that I edited for my three year old- when little rat is frustrated and shouts "This is stupid!" I have her say "I'm so frustrated!" :) It's a good book to teach how it can be frustrating to practice something, but the rewards can be worth it.

My three year old daughter loves this book.

I mostly liked the book, which was cute and shows the value of discipline and practice. I was not so keen on the use of the word "stupid" when reading it to my three-year-old, so I added to the story. In my modified version, Little Rat's mother explains that we do not use the word "stupid." I thought about censoring that part of the book altogether, but it presented an irresistible teaching moment.

Robyn176 May 11, 2011

So very enjoyable, it's worth a repeated reading! The vocabulary is superb and richly used, and the illustrations are sublime! Both the story line and the pictures are an accurate portrayal of children, in this case, mice children.

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itsabear
Apr 06, 2019

itsabear thinks this title is suitable for 3 years and over

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