100 Things to Know About Music
Alex Frith, Alice James, Jerome Martin, Lan Cook
Dominique Byron, Federico Mariani, Shaw Nielsen, Parko Polo
128pp., hbk., RRP $A19.99
Continuing this popular series which includes titles such as 100 Things to Know About Science, 100 Things to Know About Saving the Planet , 100 Things to Know About Numbers, Computers & Coding, 100 Things to Know About Food, 100 Things to Know About the Human Body, 100 Things to Know About Space, 100 Things to Know About the Oceans, 100 Things to Know About Planet Earth and 100 things to Know About History, young musicians can now investigate which tunes could save a life, and which should come with a health warning; how talking drums tell the history of Africa; what happens in your brain when you listen to music; the part that termites play on creating didgeridoos and even how parachuting pianos into war zones helped win World War II!
Without a contents page but with an extensive index, this is a dip-and-delve book that can lead the reader down all sorts of interesting paths depending on where they open the book. Who knew that playing music to plants could make them grow faster or that sleigh bells and harmonicas were the first instruments into space?
With lots of illustrations and easily accessible facts in small chunks, this is the perfect book ( and series) to get reluctant readers who prefer non fiction to consolidate their skills as they become engrossed in stuff they didn’t even know they didn’t know yet want to discover more about!