I love music themed storybooks. I have them available in my studio for students to read while they are waiting for their lesson or occasionally during some down time during a siblings lesson. They love to read them too. I’m excited to tell you about a brand new book published by Hal Leonard, authored by Thornton Cline and Illustrated by Susan Oliver. (See bio’s below)
The Amazing Incredible Shrinking Piano is a delightful story about an adventurous girl named Lily. Her grandmother no longer had room for her piano, so she wanted to give it to Lily. Lily soon began piano lessons but would get frustrated when she made mistakes. In turn, she would take it out on the piano, treating her new instrument unkindly. I won’t spoil the rest of the story for you, but this was a wonderful story that had a great message teaching respect for our instruments and controlling anger.
Thornton shared on his blog, “According to a recent Harris poll of 2,250 adults, respect for teachers dropped from 70% to a meager 31%. It is unfortunate that many kids today do not show respect to their teachers and to property. You can see that there are some serious anger issues in kids that teachers and parents must deal with.”
As we know books are a great tool to teach lessons to children. The Amazing Incredible Shrinking Piano is a perfect resource to use. Regardless if you have students with disrespect or anger issues, the book is a delight to own and share with students.
The Amazing Incredible Shrinking Piano includes 10 original pieces composed by Thornton found in the back of the book that goes along with the story. In addition it includes a CD which has narrations of the story and both with solos and a children’s choir singing the music. The recordings are wonderful and can be enjoyed just on their own. So many possibilities open up to teachers with these included! It would make for a great classroom, group or camp lesson to incorporate both story and songs!
Exciting News! Thornton has offered to giveaway two autograph copies of The Amazing Incredible Shrinking Piano! To enter this giveaway, just like Thorton’s Facebook page or follow him on Twitter then leave a kind comment below. Deadline to enter is by Wednesday, October 7th; 10:00pm (AZ MST). Good luck!
Thornton Cline Bio:
Thornton Cline is author of five books: Band of Angels, Practice Personalities: What’s Your Type?, Practice Personalities for Adults, The Amazing Incredible Shrinking Violin and Cline’s second children’s book, The Amazing Incredible Shrinking Piano. Thornton Cline has been honored with Songwriter of the Year twice in a row by the Tennessee Songwriters Association for his hit song “Love is the Reason” recorded by Engelbert Humperdinck and Gloria Gaynor. Cline has received Dove Award nominations and a Grammy nomination for music educator. Thornton Cline is an in-demand author, teacher, speaker, clinician, performer and songwriter. He is a registered Suzuki violin teacher the Suzuki Association of Americas. Cline teachers piano, guitar, and violin at Cumberland University, Sumner Academy, Aaron Academy, Hendersonville Christian
Academy, and at the Gallatin Creative Arts Center. He lives in Hendersonville, Tennessee with his wife Audrey and two children Mollie and Alex.
Susan Oliver Bio:
Susan Oliver is an award winning songwriter and visual artist as well as illustrator. She is originally from Orono, Maine and attended the University
of Maine as well as Portland School of Art. Known for her wide variety of
styles, Susan has exhibited her artwork and also worked as a graphic designer. Her painting, “Moonlight Seals” gained national attention in efforts to raise funds for Marine Animal Lifeline, an organization dedicated to seal rescue
and rehabilitation. Susan now resides outside of Nashville, Tennessee where
she continues to write music and design art work for album covers for various musical artists, as well as illustrates children’s books. The Amazing Incredible Shrinking Piano is Oliver’s second children’s book published as an illustrator. She is illustrator of The Amazing Incredible Shrinking Violin.
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