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Other books in the MusicTales series scheduled for release over the next year include Tales in FOUR Catagories. :

MUSICTALES of Traditional Songs | MUSICTALES of Art | MUSICTALES of the Great Composers | MUSICTALES of Fiddle Traditions

MUSICTALES of Traditional Songs: traditional songs and song games with a tale to tell

Here Comes A Bluebird (ages 3-7) - The children's game song "Here Comes a Bluebird" is adapted to show and tell the life history of the bluebird. Learn the song and game while finding out about the common bluebird, how to build a bluebird house, and how to take part in the preservation and conservation of the 3 native American species of bluebird.

Starlight, Star Bright (ages 3-8) - This clever and beautiful tale tells of the difference between stars and planets in the night sky, in the course using the song as a bedtime story.

Hush Little Baby (ages 4-8) - Traditional children's song with new words and two alternate melodies.

Doggie, Doggie (ages 3-6) - The children's game song telling the story of a little dog who tries to outwit the bigger dogs in the neighborhood by hiding his bone in ever more eleaborate palces.

The Wind and the Rain (ages 6-10) - A young boy is dying to start violin lessons. When he finally goes to the violin shop with his mother to choose a violin, he finds a strange violin there that sings a song all by itself. And what a tale it has to sing! It is the old tale of two young sisters and a terrible mishap from the old song "The Wind and the Rain."

MUSICTALES of Art: Original songs and stories to inspire young musicians and artists.

Grandmother's Garden (ages 5-10) by J. Kit Eakle, Illustrated by Laura J. Eakle and Aubyn Eakle. This is a story of a young girl and her grandmother painting flowers together "in my grandmother's garden.

Cézanne of San Francisco - story of a young man in World War II whose discovery of the art and country of Cézanne in the trying times of war changes his life. Set in Southern France around Aix-En-Provence.

MUSICTALES of the Great Composers: Each of these tales focuses on one composer and the inspiration for a composition for which they are known. As in all the music tales the written music is interwoven with the story in a way that inspires children to learn music notation.

Mozart: Oragna Fi Gataxa Fa - The story of Mozart and his first musical composition at age four. This story describes how four-year old "Wolfi" wrote his first "operastic aria" in nonsense syllables after attending his first opera with his father in their Salzburg, Vienna home.

Claude Debussy: Golliwog's Cakewalk - The story of how Debussy came to write his composition "Golliwog's Cakewalk" with the help of his daughter "Chou-chou. Explores the concept of racial stereotyping and prejudice as well as music history.

Franz Schubert: "The Trout" or "Franz Takes a Walk" - Young composer, Franz Schubert, goes for a hike at age 18 and finds inspiration for his song "The Trout." This tale is written to the tune of Schubert's famous song, and gives a strong environmentalist message.

Zoltán Kodály and Bélà Bartók - Zoltán and Bélà is the story of Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodaly collecting folk songs in the hills of Hungary, and the young boy they meet who teaches songs to these great men, and learns a lesson or two from them as well. Told to the tune of "The Peacock", a well-known Hungarian Folk tune.

MUSICTALES of the Great Fiddle Traditions: Each of these stories tells of the rich culture and tradition of one violinist/fiddler and the heritage he or she represents

Michel's Violon: Michael Doucet: The Cajun Tradition - Beginning with an introduction, telling of the great Cajun fiddler, Michael Doucet, and his inspiration for his song, "Recherche d'Acadie" this amazing tale tells of Michael's Acadian ancestors, their expulsion from Canada in 1755, and their eventual resettlement in Louisiana. The tale includes bilingual uses of French and the French-Canadian songs, Trois Gros Navirs, and "Á La Claire Fontaine" as well as Michael Doucet's "Rechereche D'Acadie."

Little Josef and the Soldier: Joseph Gingold and the European/Jewish Classical Tradition - This inspiring tale tells of the European classical tradition and perhaps the greatest violin teacher of the 20th century, Josef Gingold. Gingold was saved from the concentration camps in 1939 Hungary by playing for a German officer, while his family was sent away. The story focuses on a young modern-day prodigy who comes to play for the Master teacher, and Gingold flashes back coming to terms with the traumatic but lifesaving events of his youth.

You Gotta Play Your Fiddle Every Day: Claude Williams, jazz violinist extrordinair and The Jazz Violin Tradition - The story tells of the black violinist, Claude Williams, and his childhood inspiration for playing the violin: hearing a young Joe Venuti at a concert in segregated Muskogee, Oklahoma in 1918. The story is told to the melody of the tune Claude Williams says was the first tune he learned on the violin: "You Gotta See Your Momma Every Night."

Uncle Joe - Texas Fiddle Tradition - The life of a fiddler told through the the fiddle tune and song alternately called "Miss McLoed's Reel," "Hop High Ladies," and "Uncle Joe."