Music Time

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This title, coded for emergent readers, is part of the Dive into Reading line of early chapter books, and features a smiling group of racially diverse, neighborhood friends. Henry dreams of being a rock star, but practicing his drums in the apartment disturbs his mother as she tries to work. So he goes outside, where he plays lively rhythms to which his friends dance in a game of freeze dance. Later, when she’s finished her work, Henry and his mom dance in the living room until it is time for bed. This is a sweet, simple story of an ordinary day that needs no adornment. Ng-Benitez’s watercolor illustrations bring it to life with expression, color, and movement. Instructions for how to make your own drum will be a big hit, too.

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