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Book reviews from 4-7 years: Music and dance

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Read reviews of the latest music and dance books that look set to top the charts.

The Two-By-Two Band

The Two-By-Two Band by David Flavell and Alison Bartlett (OUP, ISBN 9780192727541)

Having just completed a geography-themed topic based around the story of Noah’s Ark, this book was a popular choice for the children in my Yellow Group. To keep the animals’ minds off their rumbling tummies, Mr Noah and his animals form a band. Their disorganised playing sounds dreadful – until a resourceful dove delivers a baton, in the shape of an olive branch…

The children were captivated by the illustrations: Cassidy liked the triangle-playing elephants, William liked the piano-playing sloth, and Matthew liked the newts with the flutes. Alfie found the idea of Noah conducting the animals particularly amusing.

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