August 5, 2011

KidVid: Music! Art! Scholastic’s Young Artists Collection featuring Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin

A lonely trombone, a musical hippo, a magical violin, a girl who would rather sing and dance than do housework, two brothers in search of a man with a harmonica, and the incomparable Aretha Franklin singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” are featured on Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin…and more stories for young musicians, one of three discs in Scholastic Storybook Treasures’ Young Artists Collection featuring Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin (recommended for ages four through eight).

Marvin Hamlisch’s original composition serves as the score of “Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin,” the story of a trombone who is joined by nine other instruments, one at a time, to form a chamber group. Following Aretha Franklin’s stirring rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” is the story of how Francis Scott Key’s poem was written and how it became the United States’ National Anthem.

Poor “Musical Max,” he’s a talented hippo who can play any instrument, yet all his neighbors do is complain. One day, weary of the complaints, Max lays aside his instruments, never to play again. Then the neighbors complained about the silence, but Max still wouldn’t play…until spring when he heard the song of a bird. “Musical Max” is an exuberant salute to music lovers.

Lizzie Firkin is not especially good at “Keeping House,” until she gets ready for a visit from housekeeper supreme Robin Puckertucker. Happily for Robin, who loves housework, Lizzie missed a spot. “Patrick”

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